The Last Window Giraffe describes the world of the seventies and eighties in a playful form. It is a book of a whole generation and is based on a children's dictionary which was entitled Window-Giraffe (Ablak-Zsiráf, Ablak=Window being the first item and Zsiráf=Giraffe being the last item in this A to Z). The Window-Giraffe explained the whole world in simple words, where everything was in order and problems were always solved. The author had been travelling throughout Eastern Europe at the end of the Cold War participating in the protests that changed the regimes with the conviction that the best way to understand it was through the end. The book also describes the events of the Carnival like protest of Belgrade 1996-97' as being symbolic of all protests in its courage and absurdity. This humorous style mirrors the way the regime treated the people like children. The system ceased to exist at the year of his graduation from school and thus memories of childhood and regime become interdependent and the hero's character grows out of dictatorship as time goes by. The Last Window Giraffe is a lexicon of what's been left out.
A selection of poems in translation to a fifteen languages can be accessed at lyrikline.org (with sound recordings in Hungarian).
Zilahy published a collection of travelogues, essays and diaries with the title Three plus 1 in 2007 which has since been published in several languages. The newest edition will come out this year in Indonesia.
Zilahy has written a play with the title Der lange Weg nach nebenan (A hosszú út közelre) which was performed in Volksbühne Berlin in 2007, and later toured Germany (Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Weimar, Lepizig). It was published in German (Passagen) in 2008 and in Croatian in 2012 (Dugo Putovanje, Sandorf 2012).
From the novel The Last Window Giraffe an award winning Hungarian radioplay was made. You can download it here:
Radioplay in Hungarian (mp3, 23 MB)
Radioplay in Hungarian (windows, 26 MB)
A German radioplay was made by the Saarländischer Rundfunk & DeutschlandRadio in 2001. You can listen to 'letter A' here:
Radioplay in German (mp3, 2.1 MB)
Radioplay in German (windows, 2.9 MB)