Truth and Other Fictions
In the thirteen stories that comprise Truth and Other Fictions, women take centre stage as they experience the slippery relationship between art and truth, not merely as an aesthetic concept but a reality in their lives.
Review by Carole Giangrande
In the thirteen stories that comprise Truth and Other Fictions, women take centre stage as they experience the slippery relationship between art and truth, not merely as an aesthetic concept but a reality in their lives. Art here is present in many forms and brought closely into the personal realm of the people involved with it: the paintings of Picasso, the photographs of Brassaï, the songs of Billie Holiday, the emotional impact of opera, the literature of Hemingway and Durrell, the intellect of Sontag. This is a book of engagement, emotional and intellectual at the same time-just as art should be.
“Eva Tihanyi’s stories are exquisite paintings rendered in words-layered, textured, evocative-suggesting what is and the ghost-like presence of what was, and what might be. Truth and Other Fictions seduces with concision and a delicious tension between object/subject, interior/exterior worlds, and the possibilities and impossibilities of truth.”
– Anna Camilleri, author of I Am a Red Dress: Incantations on a Grandmother, a Mother and a Daughter
“Tihanyi’s “work is concise and compressed, lucid and complex at the same time. Although the stories are short in length, they are deep and rich in references that reward a reader in much the same way that poetry does: there’s more here than meets the eye.…”
– Isabel Huggan, author of The Elizabeth Stories, You Never Know and Belonging: Home Away from Home
“Eva Tihanyi’s stories embrace the paradox: ‘Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.’ From stories of heart-breaking cracks in relationship, to fresh takes on such women as Billie Holiday and Mary Leakey, this is graceful writing that tells a truth only fiction can tell.”
– Kim Echlin, author of The Disappeared
“Eva Tihanyi is a writer finely attuned to aesthetics, both in style and content. In her first collection of stories, Truth and Other Fictions, life itself moves towards art. Tihanyi involves us in that process expressed as luminous moments of mainly contemporary female existence. Her women explore relationships and the sensual world, whether through painting, photography, music or personal makeover. Smoothly symbolic and often ironic, the deceptively random events in these brief narratives often make connections that transform the ordinary with lyrical insight.”
– Patricia Keeney, author of seven books of poetry, including her Selected Poems, and the novel, The Incredible Shrinking Wife
“Lives become art as poetry weds prose in this evocative collection. With memoir-like intimacy, Tihanyi drops us into moments of truth and longing for the celebrated-Picasso, Leakey, Holiday, Brassaï-and the unknown. A muggy night ‘as buttery as avocado,’ a man as ‘a crow, his dark feathers coy and menacing,’ a ‘scorched voice bare and absolute as bone:’ Tihanyi reveals through telling details and surprising images. Truth and Other Fictions is a lyrical gift.”
– Tricia Dower, author of Silent Girl