Interview with Noémi Szécsi on Hungarian Literature Online

‘I like being an outsider, because I want to keep the privilege of an observer, I want to keep the distance. I don’t like getting involved in causes, communities and movements, I don’t like building Hungarian or cosmopolitan identities for myself, because I insist on moving freely between categories, on keeping every door and window open. This is my notion of freedom as a writer.’ Read the whole interview on Hungarian Literature Online.


Noémi Szécsi is at the heart of the new generation of Hungarian authors. Her first novel, The Finno-Ugrian Vampire (Finnugor vámpír, 2002), was reprinted in 2003 due to its success. A script based on this novel was shortlisted by the Sundance Scriptwriters’ Workshop in Prague. Her second novel, Kommunista Monte Cristo (‘The Communist Monte Cristo’, 2006) won the European Union Prize for Literature in 2009. Utolsó centaur (‘The Last Centaur’), her third novel, was published in 2009. Her latest novel is Nyughatatlanok (‘The Restless’, 2011). Recently Noémi has been awarded the state decoration ‘József Attila díj’ for her literary achievements.

The Finno-Ugrian Vampire has been selected for the 2012 European Literature Night. The novel was translated by Peter Sherwood and published in October 2012.

Find out more about The Finno-Ugrian Vampire.