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Fiction
Once More by György Ferdinandy

Hungarian writer György Ferdinandy, who fled Hungary after 1956, reflects on a love story in this short essay translated by Márton Mészáros.

Non-Fiction
The Way I Live by Andrea Tompa

Hungarian writer Andrea Tompa reflects on how all faiths simultaneously desire embodiment, in an essay translated by Bernard Adams.

Non-Fiction
There Are More Things… by Mircea Cărtărescu

In this essay, Romanian writer Mircea Cărtărescu, explores the limitations of our knowledge, and the infinite possibility of the incomprehensible.

Fiction
I Rocked Up and Down on the Branch a Bit More by Miklós György Száraz

Two boys, of very different fates, consider friendship and cruelty in this short story by Hungarian writer Miklós György Száraz.

Non-Fiction
Did Ric Ocasek Go to Heaven? by Michael Rips

In this essay US author Michael Rips explores the incomprehensible transcendence of God and asks, pertinently: Did Ric Ocasek Go to Heaven?

Fiction
The Red Light by Maciej Jakubowiak

Polish writer Maciej Jakubowiak reflects on his grandmother’s absolute faith in a red blinking light, in this essay translated by Mark Ordon.

Non-Fiction
Finely Tuned by Árpád Tőzsér

Reflecting on his own poem, Hungarian writer Árpád Tőzsér asks whether we can believe in a Cosmic Orchestra without a conductor?

Non-Fiction
Praise of God in Solitude: A Pianist’s Faith in Life and Death by Jack Kohl

Jack Kohl’s literary essay begins with a simple paradox posed by the pianist’s craft that soon transcends music into mortal and spiritual matters.

Non-Fiction
On the Problem of Faith by Daphne Merkin

“Looking for a road back to a world view that allows for sacred moments,” essayist and novelist Daphne Merkin examines her own faithlessness.