Interview with Nagyatádi Horváth Tamás

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To write is to play... When I am thinking and when I see my stories happen I play with sentences as they were made of some kind of strange stone or wood for creating sculptures from words.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Hungary called Nagyatád, whence I borrowed my pen name too. The town was as peaceful as my soul. Whenever I am disturbed, distracted or tired and sad or anything, I just close my eyes and see timelessly as I am sitting for hours beside the trees on a bench or on the grass, alone. I was wondering about the times when I will be an adult, but it is still just an imaginary perspective for me. I think each grown man keeps the child within his heart and the passage always should be viable.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am doing always the same, I fill my moments of my life with the eternity of the existence. To write is just one possible way to do that. Whatever I do, I want to realize always just that higher self here, in this lifetime.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is typically twofold. I write differently in the morning and in the late evening. In the morning there is an essential clearance and freshness of thoughts, while in the evening there is more playfulness, but in parallel, more difficulty during writing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is a quiet long story, and it is very likely, that once I have to write a book about this. But it won't happen, as far as I know myself...
What do you read for pleasure?
Kierkegaard and Heidegger, or sometimes Gadamer... :)
Published 2017-04-20.
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