- What do you think about the novel of Europe Village?
I would say action adventure with a hint of mystery and magical realism. We wanted to create something light for reading, but also incorporate ideas about different cultures and nature, that are at the heart of the project. We aimed for the quick action and mystical elements similar to the books of Dan Brown, but I think in the course of creating the story, we also get a bit deeper into the emotional life of the characters. I would recommend it anyone who likes a good story 🙂
- What do you think is the strength of Europe Village Project?
None of us would come up with this particular story on our own. We created something that wouldn’t exist without the project, and it’s nice to be a part of that.
- Why do you think it’s good to have several countries involved in Europe Village Project?
On one side, it is a complication, because we are all writing in our native language and the work needs to be translated to English and then back into the individual languages once it is finalized. I haven’t heard about anyone attempting this. But on the other side, we can set the plot into all of these countries and introduce them to the readers (very subtly, we are not tourist advertisers :)) through the eyes of the main character.
- Why do you think it’s good to have these countries in particular involved in Europe Village Project?
They are neighbouring countries, so the character can travel them without much complication 🙂
- What do you think about Szentendre, the location of Europe Village Project?
I am very happy with the choice of the city. It is very charming and artistic, untypically hilly for a Hungarian town. And by artistic, I mean that it really supports artists, especially painters. It’s also quite multicultural, with many nations forming its history – a perfect spot for our project! It was already a second workshops when it was chosen, so we had some outline of the story before we came there, and there were some magical moments as we were taking a tour through it. We needed a bookshop in the story, and there was one exactly where we needed it. We needed an old tree, and there were some amazing plane trees by the ateliers, and the ateliers fit into our story perfectly, as well.
- Have you heard about Szentendre before?
I can’t say I did, although I have been to Visegrád just behind the corner.
- Have any of your acquaintances heard about Szentendre before?
Probably not before, but now they already did.
- What do your friends think about the Europe Village Project?
They are curious how we will manage to pull it off and what the story will be about.
- What do you think is the biggest problem of contemporary society?
A heavy question for the end! I think the core of the problems in our society might be the orientation on profit. That’s the driving force of many kinds of social injustice and devastation of nature. I am a botanist, so I perceive much of the society’s problems through nature, and sometimes it feels really frustrating.