This playful satire is the third novel by Brazilian singer and composer Buarque. The plot revolves around Jose Costa, a Brazilian writer who ends up in Budapest, where he becomes absorbed by the Hungarian language.

As he scans a Hungarian grammar book, he meets a woman named Krista, who offers to teach him the language and later becomes his lover. Although its plot is fanciful, Buarques novel raises serious questions about recreating one's life in a foreign language as exotic as Hungarian, said to be the only one on earth respected by the devil.
Recommended for readers of imaginative fiction and the linguistically curious -- Jack Shreve.

(Adaptado de http://www.hclib.org/pub/bookspace/discuss/?bib=1055640&Tab=Reviews . Acessado em 12/09/2009.)

a) Para o autor da resenha acima, o romance Budapeste, apesar de ser uma sátira divertida, levanta questões sérias. Sobre o que seriam essas questões?

b) Como a língua húngara é qualificada por Jack Shreve e o que, segundo esse autor, costumam dizer sobre essa língua?

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