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Visitors to Hungary should consider buying a copy of the novel The Hungarian Girl Trap, written by English ex-pat Ray Dexter, who lives in Miskolc (a still life of which can seen above) in the east of the country.
The title is a reference to the scores of foreign men who are drawn to settle in Hungary by a beautiful Hungarian girlfriend. Dexter’s observations on living and working in his adopted country are always witty and sometimes laugh-aloud funny. Alongside the humor, he makes intelligent reflections on the socio-political quirks of a country that since 1989 has been continually in transition.
The novel also functions as an effective travelogue for those planning to travel beyond Budapest.