In 2007, Mátyás Dunajcsiks first book Repülési Kézikönyv (Pilot Handbook) was published, a collection of poems and short stories for which he received the Sándor-Bródy-Prize. In 2012, his collection of short stories Balbec Beach was published with Libri Kiadó. For the German audience Unterwasserstädte includes a selection of these short stories translated by Timea Tankó and Lacy Kornitzer.
»The aesthetic and political question on how cities become a designed reality as mythical places is the main question in the seven short stories in the collection. With the Proustian experience of time and life, we experience the narrator, a dandy of the 21st century, a post-dandy, who is aware of the lost time but the lost prestige as well, and nonetheless releases the power of sensitive literature. Mátyás Dunajcsik found a language to speak of the whole of losses without being melodramatically or talkative; his stories are self-ironic, intellectually stimulating and humorous. The mirror the splendor of good old poetry. He even manages to cast a spell on a new audience with his wit and vividness, not just connoisseurs.«
Zsuzsa Selyem, writer and literary scholar