The Four Most Interesting English Language Books about Hungary26.01.2009.
Did you just arrive to Hungary, but you hardly know anything about the country? Felvi.hu has compiled a list of the most interesting and most useful English language books that can help you get acquainted with the Hungarian countryside, culture, gastronomy and history!
Even during the examination period, you should take some time away from books - discover Hungary and Budapest in your spare time! However, before you set out, it is worth browsing these four books - just to know what is worth seeing!
István Bart: Hungary & the Hungarians - The Keywords
(Corvina Publishing House, 2007)
István Bart's English-Hungarian bilingual cultural dictionary really gives you all the information that a foreigner might find interesting about Hungarian culture, history, and the everyday life of the Hungarian society. In fact, the book is a bilingual lexicon of the Hungarian world, and gives you a picture of the country as well as the people living here! Where do Hungarians go to enjoy themselves? What do they do in their spare time? What kinds of political views do they hold? What are their favourite books? What kind of music do they listen to?
Zoltán Pintér: The Beauties of Historic Hungary - Bewundernswertes im Historischen Ungarn
(Pannon-Literatura Publishing House, 2008)
Take advantage of studying in Hungary, and discover the most beautiful cities and landscapes, the most interesting museums and exhibitions in the country! Zoltán Pintér's book introduces ninety-seven wonders of architecture and nature that you should not miss during your tour around the country! As the album contains detailed English and German language descriptions beside the pictures, it can be the perfect gift for family and relatives at home, too!
Carolyn Bánfalvi: The Food and Wine Lover's Guide to Hungary - With Budapest Restaurants
(Park Publishing House, 2008)
Hungarian gastronomy is world famous - you should not leave the country without tasting the most delicious foods and wines! Carolyn Bánfalvi's book tells you what the traditional goulash, the stuffed cabbage or the slambuc are made from, what food and wine festivals await you throughout the country, and what are the most famous wine regions in Hungary! This book is indispensable for a gastronomic tour in Budapest, as it introduces the offering of the best restaurants and cafés, their specialties and prices - moreover, it also makes ordering easier with its bilingual gastronomic dictionary!
István Lázár: A Brief History of Hungary - With 62 Pictures in Colour
(Corvina Publishing House, 2008)
Most foreigners know very little about the history of Hungary, even though the country's thousand-year-long history is really stormy: did you know, for example, that all Europe used to fear the raids of the Magyars? Or that Hungary and Austria were linked by close relations for centuries? And that the territory of the country was much larger a hundred years ago than it is now? István Lázár's book illustrates the description of the most important historical events with the most famous and most beautiful Hungarian historical paintings - giving you an insight into Hungarian painting at the same time!