We Can’t Sleep When the Moon is Full
“The moon exerts a physical fascination on us. I live in a village and on long nights lit by the full moon, we can’t sleep.”
Meet Hungarian writer Péter Nádas, who has employed the Moon as a literary motif in his work. Read more …
“As a photographer, I was always trying to take photographs of the moon. I stayed up all night in order to do that. I never got the picture I wanted,” says Péter Nádas who is considered one of the major literary voices of Central Europe. On several occasions, he has taken part in events lit by the moon.
Nádas has used the moon as an image and compares his use with the method by painter Caspar David Friedrich: “In Caspar David Friedrich you can see that it has a touch of irony, almost sarcastic. Like in my own writing.”
“I have employed it in a sentimental way as a literary motif, as a quotation, so to speak as a somewhat pathetic quotation, but one that should be taken seriously.
Péter Nádas (b. 1942) is a Hungarian writer, playwright and essayist. Due to the content of his often surrealist tales, his work was banned from publication several times during the Communist rule in Hungary (Hungarian People’s Republic). Nádas is the author of ‘A Book of Memories’ (1986/ English version 1997), which Susan Sontag called “the greatest novel written in our time.” Among his other books are ‘The End of a Family Story’ (1977/ English version 1998) and the three-volume ‘Parallel Stories: A Novel’ (2005/ English version 2011). Nádas is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Austrian State Prize for European Literature (1991), Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (1998), Franz Kafka Prize (2003) and Würth-Preis für Europäische Literatur (2014).
Péter Nádas was interviewed by Steen Bille at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark in connection with the Louisiana Literature festival in August 2018.
Camera: Klaus Elmer
Edited by: Kasper Bech Dyg
Produced by: Kasper Bech Dyg and Christian Lund
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2019
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