Rita Taryan is a Hungarian-born Canadian-American writer. She is the author of Tünde and Tamara, a novel about the changing political climate in Hungary. Currently she is writing a book of dystopian fiction, Attack of the Infant Suns, about the banality of relationships despite cataclysmic climate change.
Tünde and Tamara is funny, irreverent and brutally serious about the new political reality in Hungary. The government controls the judiciary and the media; nepotism and bribery are rife; homelessness is a crime; anti-Semitism and anti-Roma sentiments are on the rise; and the far-right politics of the past have resurged. The parallels with rising authoritarianism elsewhere in Europe and in the United States are stark.
Attack of the Infant Suns has been described as courageous, intricate and original. It is a collection of stories describing a freak solar accident whose impact is grievously felt in the most ordinary places: kitchens, subway stations, whorehouses and deli churches.
Rita Taryan is based in Brooklyn, New York and is an adjunct professor at Fordham University and New York University. She teaches adult literacy and ESL in the Bronx Community ESL Program, which is a partnership between the Institute of American Language and Culture (IALC) at Fordham University and New York’s Department of Youth and Community Development. She also devotes her time to the English Language Institute Center for New Immigrant Education (CNIE), helping asylum seekers and resettled refugees improve their language skills, build confidence, and access resources and services.