- What do you think about the novel of Europe Village Project?
- How would you describe the genre of the novel? It’s an mystery-adventure-family young adult story.
- What are the strengths of the work in its preparation? That it’s a one story told by five voices.
- Who would you recommend this book to? I have two answers. First: to anyone, who ever wondered what would a tree say if it had a voice. Second: to anyone, who ever wondered, how the hell one book can be written by five people.
- Which well-known book would you compare the novel in preparation to? Tough one. I think maybe a bit to The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. But tiwh trees instead of books.
- What do you think is the strength of Europe Village Project?
The biggest strength, in my opinion, is the number of voices: so many writers enhancing each other’s vision. Also: the fact that it’s something completely new. We don’t have other people’s paths to follow – which is hard at times – but through creating our own we have the feeling of creating something truly unique.
- Why do you think it’s good to have several countries involved in Europe Village Project?
Setting is the first thing that comes to my mind. Book is not just a plot, but also the places and characters in it. Sometimes a mediocre story becomes a great one, because of the setting. Having people from all those places we make sure that our setting is diverse and profound – because we mix so many experiences. That’s for the book. As for more general thoughts: I think it’s good to prove once again that Europe is something bigger than countries, nations and languages. Europe Village helps us embrace the similarities between each other through the most intuitive way: telling a story.
- Why do you think it’s good to have these particular countries involved in Europe Village Project?
I don’t think it matters that much that it’s those particular countries. I could of course look for very obvious, political similarities or the fact that most of us comes from the countries that used to be behind the Iron Curtain, but I don’t think it matters. It’s different perspectives and for that the more and more diverse countries, the better.
- What do you think about Szentendre, the location of Europe Village Project?
When I saw this city and learned about it, the first thing I did was calling my friend, who’s a drawer, so she would try to get to the artists’ colony. Szentendre stole my heart and the fact that I learned about it is one of the additional benefits coming from the Project. I was expecting that we would have to cover with our writing for the lacks of the town, but here it’s the complete opposite. Szentendre really adds up to the story. It feels like some Mediterranean place, just in Central Europe, with plenty mysterious little paths and stories that seem to lie behind every corner. I actually wouldn’t mind writing more than one book about it.
- Have you heard about Szentendre before?
- Have any of your acquaintances heard about Szentendre before?
Surprisingly, yes. My friend from Budapest spent quite some time here. Also she told me about Radnoti and it turns out it was an important place in the story of his life.
- What do your friends think about the Europe Village Project?
They are interested, they want to know more and definitely they’d like to see the book. When I tell about the process of writing this book, it momentarily grabs their attention.
- What do you think is the biggest problem of contemporary society?
I don’t think I’m in the position to point fingers. We may be living in the era of most quickly developing and enriching world in known history, with opportunities that even the generation of our parents couldn’t even dream of. I’m just a guy with the pen, so maybe I shouldn’t tell people what’s their problem.
If I’d wish for one thing, though, it would be that we keep better balance between using technology to make our lives easier and being addicted to it.