Miklós Vámos is a Hungarian novelist, screenwriter and talk show host. He is one of the most read and respected writers in his native Hungary. He has taught playwriting and scriptwriting at Yale University on a Fulbright fellowship, served as East European correspondent for The Nation, the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States, written for the Washington Post, worked as consultant on István Szabó’s Oscar-winning film Mephisto, and presented Hungary’s most-watched cultural television show. Vámos has received many awards for his numerous plays, screenplays, short stories and 19 novels, including the prestigious Attila József Prize for literature and the Hungarian Order of Merit for lifetime achievement. Apák könyve (The Book of Fathers, 2000) is his most accomplished and widely translated novel and has sold 200,000 copies in Hungary, a country with a population of less than 10 million.
Jane Smiley’s review of The Book of Fathers in the New York Times Book Review