Fiction
In Front of the Mirror by Marek Vadas

Some things are clearly visible even if they take place in the middle of the night. The peak of the spire, topped with a rusty revolving rooster, affords a view of the square and the adjoining streets. The gently creaking rooster’s field of vision takes in the whole of the tranquil and unexciting town of P., located […]

Fiction
[1945] by László Szilasi

In the autumn of 1944, the Russians poured across the border at Battonya, pushing out the Germans as they approached. They swallowed up our village of Gerla before rolling on toward the horrors of Budapest. The residents were terrified to death, but the village barely lost more than during peace time. Still, hardly any of […]

Poetry
Heritage by Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkało

They’re scared of sweetened beer, their spidery wives go screwing in the bushes assured of their descent, but even so the children born of this fucking are usually merfolk (which renders the rut less legitimate). I’ve seen their tweets: a migrant hid centaurs in a gypsy part of town, they write, and inspect the colour […]

Fiction
The Polyglot Pub Key by Hász Róbert

Not so long ago, on the way back to my birthplace, my wife and I stopped at a town in the province of Vojvodina, in northern Serbia. We were craving a Turkish coffee. We found a roadside diner on whose façade the establishment’s name was displayed in neon Cyrillic letters. It occurred to me that […]

Poetry
Like a White Airship by Mila Haugová

Bird existence //in the shadow of constellations We are the patience of stones //in freezing snow Where are we now advancing in which time of light? How much nearer //to time before the creation of dreams? How many constellations // nearer to time before the mirror?

Fiction
Whiter than white by Hubert Klimko-Dobrzaniecki

It was midday. In the conference room, the senior lab technician turned on the radio. He turned the dial and found Bond, a station based in the east of the country. The chief midwife entered the room holding a paper bag. She sat down at the table and took out a half-liter bottle of mineral […]

Non-Fiction
Indians by Lance Henson

I was sitting in my apartment in Bolgona when I got a phone call from Gábor Gyukics, my Hungarian translator. I had been to Hungary several times, and my poems had been included in two anthologies. For a few years now, depending on how busy I’ve been or he’s been, Gábor has tried to set […]

Non-Fiction
Hail Pariah by Krisztina Tóth

It’s winter, a winter ten years ago. We’re sitting in the office of the national child protection network, we’re sorting the adoption papers of our child to be. Worn chairs, tired employees, tired paint peeling in flakes on the windowsill. I’ve been watching it for minutes, and the lead-grey sky outside above the rooftops. We […]

Non-Fiction
The Power of No: A Meditation on Boundaries and Black Womanhood by Roxane Gay

I am terrible at saying “No.” I’m too eager to please, or, more accurately, I am terrified of disappointing people. But it’s more than that. I rarely feel like I have a right to say “no.” And so I say yes to nearly everything or I say nothing and people interpret my silence as consent. […]