Noémi Kiss

from Dec 1, 2013 – May 31, 2014

Noémi Kiss
  • Country: Hungary
  • Born: 1974
  • Latest publication:
    «Schäbiges Schmuckkästchen» (Europa-Verlag, 2015)
    «Was geschah, während wir schliefen» (Matthes & Seitz Berlin, 2009)
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«I stand there and hold on to myself, trying to stay whole. Want to hold things together, but it is getting ever harder. Sometimes my head nods off. I forget. When I came in, I thought that I do not belong, and now I am so deep in that I can no longer remember when and how exactly I got to be in here. Past and present are confused. Who are you? I ask. Someone answers and we exchange a few words, but he turns away in the middle of my sentence and goes on talking to someone else, interrupts, carries on again, no matter who with.» From: «What Happened While We Were Asleep»




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Noémi Kiss was born in Gödöllõ, north-east of Budapest, in 1974. After studying Hungarian, Comparative Literature  and Sociology at the University of Miskolc, she spent two years on literary research at the University of Constance. Her doctoral thesis, Határhelyzetek. Paul Celan költészete és magyar recepciója, on the reception of Paul Celan in Hungary, was published in 2003 as was her collection of essays Tájgyakorlatok. Noémi Kiss’s background as a literary scholar is evident in her writing, which also reveals a strong awareness of gender theories. The German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has described hers as a “new voice which is no longer easy to miss in the male voice choir that is contemporary Hungarian writing”. In her book What Happened While We Were Asleep (not available in English), Noémi Kiss describes crossing boundaries between countries and genders, from dream to reality. Noémi Kiss has published numerous poems, essays and stories, as well as criticism, in both Hungarian and German. She is a contributor and editor of the journal Új Holnap and a member of the Hungarian Young Writers’ Association. She lives in Budapest and is the mother of twins.