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Julie Orringer at UD
US authoress Julie Orringer gave a reading of his first novel at the University of Debrecen on October 25, 2011.
The acclaimed author of a short story collection and an historical novel, Julie Orringer (1973-) arrived at UD as guest of the North American Department to give a reading of her first novel, The Invisible Bridge, now available in Hungarian.
Orringer's first book, How to Breath Underwater, a collection of nine short stories published in 2003, immediately became a favourite with readers and critics alike. The book was awarded a number of prizes and it has been translated to nine languages to date. Her eagerly anticipated novel came out in March 2010 and was selected by Amazon as the Best Book of the Month for May 2010.
Although born and raised in the US, Julie Orringer's family is originally from Hungary on her mother's side. The Invisible Bridge was inspired by the history of Orringer's own family; the 650-page long epic novel tells the story of a love that survives amidst war and destruction and a family which needs to start a new life on the ruins of history. The novel takes the reader from the small village of Konyár to Budapest to Paris to the labor camps of World War II.
As part of her Hungarian tour, Julie Orringer has given readings and interviews in Budapest and met the filmmaker Lajos Koltai to discuss the film adaptation of the novel.
To see our interview with Julie Orringer, click here.