Rita Taryan


I am a Hungarian-born Canadian-American writer.  Recently I finished a novel, Tünde and Tamara, about the changing political climate in Hungary, and currently I am writing a book of dystopian fiction, Attack of the Infant Suns, about the banality of relationships despite cataclysmic climate change. I am a published poet and a winner of a Norma Epstein Foundation Award in Creative Writing.

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.

In the following pages, you will find excerpts from both books, and some information about my teaching work and how to contact me.   To get to those pages, click on the 3-line “hamburger” menu icon on the top right corner of the screen.