The Most Beautiful Night of the Soul is the latest story collection by one of Hungary’s top writers. Here are fourteen stories set mostly in contemporary Cairo and Iraq that reveal the dark realities in the life of one war correspondent. Told from the perspective of Cairo-based European war correspondent Daniel Marosh, The Most Beautiful Night of the Soul—set in contemporary Cairo and Iraq, as well as Israel, London, and Hungary—is about a journalist examining today’s most pressing Middle East conflicts and the lives of others even while haunted by his own demons. Daniel Marosh battles insomnia and hallucinations while fleeing a lying world and war zones through a dizzying blend of Xanax, opium, alcohol, and prostitutes.
Sándor Jászberényi (Shahn-dor Yahs-ber-ay-ñee) is the author of The Devil Is a Black Dog: Stories from the Middle East and Beyond (New Europe Books, 2014). In 2017 he received Hungary’s Libri Literary Prize. As a correspondent for Hungarian news sites, he has covered the conflict with Islamic State, unrest in Ukraine, the revolutions in Egypt and Libya, and the Gaza War. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Magazine, AGNI, and the Brooklyn Rail. He divides his time between Budapest and Cairo.
Sherine Tadros is currently the UN Representative and Head of Office for Amnesty International in New York. She previously worked as a foreign correspondent and anchor for Al Jazeera English and Sky News. As an award-winning journalist for over a decade, Sherine was based across the Middle East and North Africa including in Gaza, Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and Yemen.