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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 105 | volume  | January, 2016



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Blesok no. 105January, 2016
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IN SEARCH OF LOVE

Thoughts on the novel “Little Lily” by Orsolya Karafiáth


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Ana Martinoska

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IN SEARCH OF LOVE

    Translated from Macedonian: Milan Damjanoski

    Having confidence in the well-deserved reputation of the publishing company ILI-ILI and the proven literary taste of its editorial team, I accepted in good faith their invitation to promote the book “Little Lily” without having any idea who Orsolya Karafiáth was or what she had written. Thus, the first thing I could do in this case was to carry out a Google search on her. Even though the majority of the links were for articles in Hungarian, thanks to Google Translate the impetus to learn more was momentarily satisfied.
    If we can judge by the critical acclaim, Orsolya Karafiáth has swiftly risen from a young and hopeful talented poetess to the status of the “new Hungarian literary diva”[1], who owes her popularity equally both to her literary work and to her show-business flare for self-promotion. She has organized live promotions of her books, filmed videos such as the one announcing her latest book where she plays all her literary heroines, as well as being a regular presence in the public life and media in Hungary. She does that through performances with her pop-band, hosting TV shows, designing covers of fashion magazines, etc. Not only does Karafiáth not mind being called a tabloid celebrity, but she relishes it and thinks it is funny. Obviously, she has realized on time that these days literature too, requires the sort of PR tactics specific to this era of globalization in which we live. Consequently, Karafiáth, through her playfulness and sense of uniqueness proves to us that there is nothing contradictory in being a popular vamp woman at the same time as being an exceptionally talented writer whose works (especially the poetry) can be full of sentimental, melancholic, even melodramatic tones. Quite the contrary, all of this is complementary, stimulating to her work and is well received by both the public and the critics.
    After publishing three collections of poems and one novel, Orsolya Karafiáth followed this up by writing her latest novel “Little Lily” continuing her (literary, but also life-long) mission to fight taboos and conventional barriers imposed by the society she lives in. Through the telling of the story of a woman (the main heroine Lia) and the women in her life (her high school teacher Mary, her boss at work Lilly, her mother and her best friend), Karafiáth is not just narrating the intriguing

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1. http://www.fszek.hu/english/?article_hid=29089






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