Budapest by Chico Buarque
A Novel

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews



Not just one of Brazil's most influential and beloved composers and musicians, Chico Buarque has won high praise as a poet, playwright, and novelist. Now with Budapest, his third novel, he offers a darkly comic social satire and a transcontinental love story of sex, violence, and comedy. Brazilian ghostwriter Jose Costa has just attended the Anonymous Writers Congress in Istanbul and is on his way back to Rio when a technical problem with his Lufthansa flight forces him to spend a night in Budapest. Fascinated by the Hungarian language, he falls under the sway of Kriska, an apparent teacher of the language. After misadventures in Hungary that include a round of Russian roulette with a couple of gypsies, he returns to Rio to find that his wife has vanished and the entire country is reading a book that he ghostwrote. Has his wife run off with the author? Costa manages to forget Copacabana and the samba in order to immerse himself in the Hungarian language and nights in Budapest. Chico Buarque's novel coils around the reader like a magical snake from the Arabian Nights-and recalls Borges and Calvino in its literary playfulness.

About Chico Buarque

See more books from this Author
Alison Entrekin has translated a number of works by Brazilian and Portuguese authors into English, including "City of God" by Paulo Lins and "Budapest" by Chico Buarque.
Published May 8, 2004 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. 192 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Budapest

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Undervalued by his agency’s boss, and by his lovely but spoiled TV newsreader wife, who thinks he’s a hack, Costa returns to the beguiling Budapest and meets up with the woman who will serve as his muse and teacher, Kriska: “One does not learn the Magyar language from books,” she informs him poin...

| Read Full Review of Budapest: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

On the whole, however, this slim book—a hybrid travelogue-romance-satire-intro to literary theory recalling Gogol and Borges, among others—is anything but stale: dark comedy abounds, and Costa's metaphorical language about language is refreshingly lyrical, bracing and ruminative.

Aug 30 2004 | Read Full Review of Budapest: A Novel

Reader Rating for Budapest

An aggregated and normalized score based on 9 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review