A Guest in My Own Country: A Hungarian Life by George Konrad

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By George Konrad

A robust memoir of struggle, politics, literature, and family members existence by means of one in every of Europe's prime intellectuals.

When George Konrád used to be a toddler of 11, he, his sister, and cousins controlled to escape to Budapest from the Hungarian geographical region the day prior to deportations swept via his domestic city. eventually, they have been the single Jewish young ones of town to outlive the Holocaust.

A visitor in my very own Country remembers the lifetime of one among jap Europe's so much complete smooth writers, starting together with his survival throughout the ultimate months of the conflict. Konrád captures the risks, the hopes, the betrayals and brave acts of the interval via a sequence of conscientiously selected episodes that sometimes border at the surreal (as while a useless German soldier starts off to talk, trying to justify his actions).

The finish of the conflict launches the younger guy on a amazing profession in letters and politics. providing vigorous descriptions of either his inner most and public existence in Budapest, ny, and Berlin, Konrád displays insightfully on his position within the Hungarian rebellion, the concept of "internal emigration"—the destiny of many writers who, like Konrád, refused to go away the japanese Bloc less than socialism—and different complexities of eu id. To learn A visitor in my very own Country is to adventure the hot historical past of East-Central Europe from the interior.

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