About me

Éva Cserháti writer and literary translator was born in 1975 in Budapest. She has three MA degrees in Hungarian Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature, and Critical Gender Studies. She writes upmarket crime fiction. In her writing her aim is to give voice to the silenced ‘herstory’ of women during state socialism and to explore how they have been affected by the transition.

So far, she has published two novels in Hungarian. The first, Message in a Bottle (2016), is a stand alone novel. In 2019 the first in a planned series of literary crime fiction, Last Stop Moscow Square, was published to glowing reviews in Hungary, and was selected by the Petőfi Literary Fund to represent the best of Hungarian literature at international book fairs in 2020.

The second in the series, Escape Room, was published in 2021. The third in the series will be out in November 2021 by the title Pilgrimage to Death.

The main concept of the HAND-series is that while the crime happens in a contemporary Hungarian setting from 2015 on, the investigation leads back to a certain historical period of communism and state socialism between 1948 and the early 1990s. The team HAND is formed of different generations representing the Hungarian society and its diverse view on the country’s recent past.

The series starts off as police procedurals, but from the second volume the team gets marginalized in the police force and its members move out to the private sphere. Each volume takes on a different subgenre of the crime fiction from serial murders to train mystery.

She is a member of the British Crime Writers’ Association and in 2019 won a prestigious grant from the Arts Council England.

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