Réka Mán-Várhegyi (1979) spent her childhood in Târgo Mureș in Romania. She moved to Hungary after the fall of the communist regime in 1990 and obtained Hungarian citizenship in 1992. Although she studied aesthetics and sociology and specialized in ethnic and minority studies, she has been working as a children’s book editor in Budapest for a number of years. Her first short story collection “Boldogtalanság az Auróra-telepen” (The Accident in Aurora Residential Area, 2014) was proclaimed a surprisingly mature debut by the critics. In addition to the before mentioned story collection and the novel “Magnetic Hill” (2018), Mán-Várhegyi has written several children’s books and a young adult novel. She has won the Tibor Déry prize (2018) and the European Union Prize for Literature (2019).
“Magnetic Hill”, winner of the European Union Prize for Literature, has been dubbed “the novel of the Hungarian #metoo movement”. This is a complex psychological and social work which raises many questions, ranging from female identity to the responsibility of intellectuals in Hungary today.