Books and Bites: Budapest Diary
Belmont author Susan Rubin Suleiman will discuss her book Budapest Diary: In Search of the Motherbook, with a 2017 update, at Books and Bites on Monday, January 8th at 11:00 AM in the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library.
In this book, Suleiman describes her return to Budapest, the city of her birth, which she left in 1949 as a young child with her parents, fleeing communism. In 1993, after the fall of communism and the death of her mother, Suleiman returned to Budapest for a six-month stay. She recounts her ongoing quest for personal history, interweaving it with the stories of Hungarians struggling to make sense of the changes in their individual and collective lives. Suleiman’s search for documents relating to her childhood, the lives of her parents and their families, and the Jewish communities of Hungary and Poland takes her on a series of journeys within and outside Budapest.
Suleiman is the C. Douglas Dillon Professor of the Civilization of France and professor of comparative literature at Harvard University. Her many books include Crises of Memory and the Second World War, Risking Who One Is: Encounters with Contemporary Art and Literature, and The Nemirovsky Question: The Life, Death, and Legacy of a Jewish Writer in Twentieth-Century France.
All are welcome to attend this free program. Refreshments will be provided. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The Assembly Room is handicapped accessible. This program made possible by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library. Click here to learn how to join the Friends or renew your membership.