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, Suns Bearing, 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 in which 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.

Suns Bearing has been described as courageous, intricate and original.  It is a collection of stories describing a world that could and easily might soon exist.  It is a dystopian quest that takes place in 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.