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“Laura Spiegelmann is me, I could say if I were Laura Spiegelmann (why, I’m not?)” he began in July 2008 Literary an almost unknown “young girl” and her first novel, that A little sweet presentation by László Garaczi.

“The girl’s writings caused quite a bit of consternation among the readers, she offended many with her outspoken, rough and disturbing texts. And with this, Garaczi (as well as certainly Laura Spiegelmann herself, i.e. the author hiding behind her name) achieved that

for a long time, everyone suspected that the pseudonym was covering Garaczi.

Because everyone was sure of that, we are not dealing with a young talent”, wrote Litera five years later, in November 2013, whose new volume, Avasi is bitter on the occasion of its appearance, he interviewed Lóránt Kabai, whose death the family informed the public about today.

In relation to Laura, writers could debate the relationship between a pseudonym and a real author, the differences between female and male writing, feminist aspects, and whether it is possible to decide whether a piece of writing was written by a man or a woman based solely on the text. “Surprisingly, Magvető Kiadó itself undertook the volume edited from Spiegelmann’s blog texts, the A little sweet publication – that’s when it became clear to almost everyone that a professional author was behind Laura, as it had never happened before that the most prestigious fiction publishing house would publish an author who was almost unknown until then, and who published only on her own blog,” the literary paper wrote.

The stagnant water was a little agitated

The A little sweet five years after its publication, the author revealed her identity: Laura Spiegelmann is none other than Lóránt Kabai, who answered everything in her interview with Litera.

“I always knew it wouldn’t be a secret forever, but I didn’t want to reveal too soon that I invented this character, who then wrote a novel. And I didn’t want any more publicity than that Avasi is bitter it is listed on the back of the book among the published volumes – true, perhaps not smaller than that. Some people in my environment already knew, but it seems that I managed to surprise quite a few people (among others, probably Magvető’s employees as well); and there were those who shared with me who they suspected anyway,” said Lóránt Kabai.

When asked why Spiegelmann invented the character of Laura, and whether he expected such success or even a scandal, he answered:

Back in 2006, I woke up with a hangover with the sentence that became the first sentence of the novel, and it didn’t want to get out of my head even after coffees, cigarettes, and even careful loading, then I sat down in front of the computer and the text almost wrote itself, and it was a bit scary too. But the speaker of the text wanted to live more and more, and I tried to help him in this – this is how I succeeded. And I think it was to be expected that this figure and his writings would stir up the stagnant water a little. Success? Scandal? Actually, there wasn’t any, I think the standing water was really just a little stirred up.

And the first sentence of the novel begins like this: “When I come to, there’s a dick in my mouth…” and continues in a similar style. “The hellish journey of a sexually overheated woman through the ruins of a hopeless love. It is not known who the name hides, the texts on which the novel is based were published as blog posts. Writing here is not self-cultivation, passion, ambition, money-making, but the last bet…

He crawled up to one of the empty porches of the hells on earth to shape the unshapeable.

Among the young writers appearing one after the other, we can welcome an elemental talent far beyond the dotty book beauty, fashionable single lament, ambitious feminism,” wrote about the novel Moly.

“However, the attention that Spiegelmann’s writings and the volume attracted was amazing: at the Autumn Festival of Poets, they even organized a large-scale discussion about the topic, in which Laura Spiegelmann herself – i.e. you – took part, you answered the audience’s questions via chat. I remember the absurd moment when everyone – gender experts, famous writers and literary figures, commentators – were excitedly waiting for your lines to appear on the projector, and they were even able to interpret each “hello” according to whether they could be written by a man or a woman . Did you enjoy the situation, what did you say?” said the question of Litera to the writer.

“I remember – that’s the answer – that situation was really fun; as, for example, Bán Zoli first asked, “Who are you?” – but it wasn’t really me who answered, but the figure I made up. I hope this is understandable…”

The last interview with him was also conducted by Litera as part of the Csalog25 series of events at the literary competition propo called DOKU ’22, one of which was written by Lóránt Kabai.