In April, Ambassador to Hungary Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis joined her family, embassy community members and members of the Hungarian athletic community for a jog around the Margit Island
running track to commemorate the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
A detailed account of the work routine of the staff of the Grand Hotel on Margit Island
, which had seen better days but managed to keep up standards even under Communism.
Nothing is treated in a usual manner: the murder that Dohring comes across in the opening pages is almost but not actually solved many chapters later; in a single chapter, Lady Erna experiences both the reality of a cab ride and her memory of nursing her baby simultaneously; and Kristof's chapters switch from third to first person as he goes from his nighttime sexual activities on Margit Island
in Budapest to his daytime journey and meeting with his family.