About the Issue

Cravings are Eternal

Everyone in the world has at some point felt an insatiable desire for something or someone. Craving is a heightened state of longing, which always carries with it a sense of hopelessness, of the impossibility of fulfilment. The object of our longing can take many different forms. Perhaps we crave true love, or maybe just a cigarette on which we can puff while we gaze on the hills or valleys or plains of our homeland. Perhaps from time to time we even crave death. Cravings are complex, as they can be physical, mental, even spiritual.

With a touch of exaggeration, one might venture the claim that cravings are a typical state for the modern human. Consumer society inundates us with an overabundance of goods, an infinite number of options, and the individual may well find herself in a state of constant longing. And even as we fulfill some of our cravings, we may still be burdened by a sense of dissatisfaction, for we always know that even as we fulfill one desire, we are missing out on some opportunity, some excitement elsewhere. FOMO has become the label of our times, and often after the object of our craving has been consumed, we are left with only a clanging feeling of emptiness.

The second issue of our magazine shows the many faces of cravings. The magazine is illustrated with paintings by contemporary Hungarian pop-surrealist painter István Nyári. Nyári’s hyper-realistic paintings usher us into alternative realities where everything is possible and where dreams and desires are awakened. The paintings seem to offer the promise of an alternative fairytale world, where the most everyday elements are transformed into idealizations and can awaken a never-ending yearning in the viewer.

FROM THE ISSUE

Fiction
Dervish by Weronika Gogola
Fiction
Murder in the 17th District by Tibor Noé Kiss
Fiction
The Last Fling by Koppány Zsolt Nagy
Poetry
Waning by Lenka Kuhar Daňhelová
Poetry
Admonitions by Lili Hanna Seres
Poetry
Nile by István Kemény
Fiction
Inscrutable Are Ways of Tengri by András Cserna-Szabó
Fiction
Etiology by David Galef

The elevator is narrow but deep as a dream, with a mirrored ceiling. Six-year-old Ricardo and his mother crowd into the last available space, pressed against an elegant white woman and her daughter, who’s twisting around like a rubber band toy and whining about going home.

Art
Cravings are Eternal by Continental Magazine
Poetry
What of Him? by Tomasz Różycki

I wish that you were here—I’ve settled my life
into this void filled to the brim with your absence.
And maybe the mystery lies in precisely
this fact—if the world sprung into existence,
it happened the moment you left.

Non-Fiction
In War’s Orbit by Diána Vonnák
Poetry
Propositional Erotica by George Szirtes
Current
Showdown in L.A. by András Dezső

Did the Guns N’ Roses know the Hungarian mob? Who killed the Hungarian guitarist Tamás Barta? And do gangsters get homesick? Investigative journalist András Dezső retells the true connected stories of three Hungarian gangsters who defected from 1980s communist Hungary for the Los Angeles underworld.

Fiction
Landscapes of Desire by George Szirtes
Non-Fiction
Room of My Own by Lina Mounzer
Current
Two Poems by András Gerevich
Fiction
Another God by Ágnes Gurubi
Fiction
Eszter’s Garden by Ákos Győrffy
Poetry
Smartphone on the Sunday Table… by Michal Habaj
Fiction
Fallen Angels by Silvester Lavrík
Fiction
Honey by László Imre Horváth
Interview
Democracy Has Become Perverse by Dániel Pál Levente