| May 29, 2011
A Tale of Exile and Extremism
Graywolf Press: 246 pp., $23
Deborah Baker, researcher, biographer, author of books on the poet Laura Riding and on the Beats, briefly describes how she chooses her subjects and how she writes...
| Jun 14, 2011
In 1944, a 14-year-old boy, future novelist Imre Kertész, was rounded up while on an excursion in the countryside near Budapest and sent to Auschwitz. And then to Buchenwald. Surviving the camps and returning to Budapest, he was asked, simply, by his...
| Feb 8, 2012
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Nokia is cutting 4,000 jobs and will end its manufacturing in Hungary, Mexico and its home nation of Finland as it moves its phone making to Asia, the company announced Wednesday.
The Salo, Finland, factory, which is Nokia's oldest manufacturing plant,...
| Jul 22, 2009
Brentwood is rife with Italian restaurants opened by Italian waiters who used to work somewhere else. Kiss. Kiss. Ciao. Add in a copycat menu of L.A. Italian dishes, preferably Tuscan-inspired, a celebrity or two disguised in scruffy attire: success, even...
| Oct 7, 2009
The equinox is past, the shadows have lengthened, and apples, pears, winter greens and mushrooms are filling the markets. It's the time of year when you remember that you possess a working oven in which to roast birds and gratins and root vegetables....
| Jun 15, 2008
Translated from the Hungarian by Tim Wilkinson
Melville House: 130 pp., $13 paper
It's amazing what a Nobel Prize will do for an author's career. Imre Kertész's profound and puzzling novella, "The Pathseeker," has finally...
| Jan 30, 2008
"ANARCHIC" winemakers. Tiny ancient vineyards. Wines aged in clay jugs. Sacrilegious blends -- Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.
In the ever-widening world of wine, Slovenia -- the Central European country bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary and...
| May 25, 2009
If Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler's love child were raised by Franz Kafka, the writing that emerged might resemble China Miéville's new novel, "The City & the City."
Miéville is one of our most talented fabulists, and his work roams boldly across...
| Apr 4, 2010
Newly divorced from a studio executive, Edith Reich needed a job in the early 1960s. She found one, and her future, at Musso & Frank Grill, Hollywood's oldest restaurant.
Hired as a cashier-hostess, she soon married Charles Carissimi, whose family had...
| Jul 6, 2009
Bela Kiraly, one of the military leaders of Hungary's short-lived anti-Soviet revolution in 1956, has died, the government said. He was 97.
A brief Defense Ministry statement provided no other details. The daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet reported that...
| Oct 28, 2009
William "Bill" Basch, a retired Los Angeles garment industry executive who was one of the Holocaust survivors whose stories were told in the Oscar-winning documentary "The Last Days," has died. He was 82.
Basch died of age-related causes Monday at his...