TÓTH Krisztina (Hungary) is one of the most popular and best known Hungarian authors and the recipient of the Graves Prize, the Déry Tibor Prize and the Attila József Prize. She has also been awarded the Laureate Prize, one of the highest recognitions in Hungarian literature. She has published ten volumes of poetry and seven volumes of prose to date. Her works have been translated into fifteen languages: her novels, short stories and poems can be read in Czech, English, Finnish, French, German, Polish, Finnish, Spanish and Swedish, among others.
After a Mouse
In a book by a long-dead poet,
by the poem in which he fixes a woman
long-dead, is a flowerhead of mud
pressed flat; the foot-stamp of my cat.
Forever sniffing round, she was
transfixed by lurking-space between the pages,
and froze there, once, for the out-race of a mouse
(and now my cat, my pet, is long-gone, too).
And true enough, in the spine-dark deep
of the paper hidey-holes there’s something trapped:
we’re forever slipping this or that between the sheets
to keep a hold on all, our every accident.
(Translated by Antony Dunn)