By Celia Hawkesworth
Literature and politics were heavily comparable in significant and japanese Europe during the centuries of profession and fragmentation of its a variety of states. Concentrating fairly at the twentieth century and the location of writers below totalitarian regimes, the essays during this quantity provide insights into facets of a few of the literatures of the quarter: Bulgarian, Czech and Slovak, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Ukrainian and Yugoslav. It comprises connection with a few past themes: an 18th century Polish literary reaction to the launching of the 1st Balloon and a mirrored image of the Germanization of Ukrainian tradition giving its major concentration a feeling of old viewpoint. numerous of the essays contemplate questions of dissent and exile from the different triumphing Communist ideologies within the interval 1945-1989. This quantity is itself an historic record because the essays of which it is composed have been initially provided on the first foreign convention of Slavists to be held because the cave in of communism in East-Central Europe.
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Of the three generations represented, the second constitutes a crucial moral break. The narrator can no longer identify with his father who has made compromises with the authorities in the Stalinist era, but he is also forced to realise that the traditions which informed his grandfather's generation belong to a world which no longer exists and with which there can be no retrievable continuity. It is as if we are reading not only the 'end of a family novel', but the end of 38 Representations of the Past in Contemporary Hungarian Fiction the family novel - conventionally used to sustain or interrogate historical continuities over three generations - as a genre which no longer represents a serious option for the writer.
His eyes beaming with glee, Gero egged him on: well, out with it! ' 'Then why not have Mihaly Farkas strung up from one of the columns, and yourself from the other? ' With that Dery took his hat and left. Whether or not this conversation actually took place I cannot tell. But that it was soon on everyone's lips, and that every Hungarian heard it with pleasure - that much is gospel truth. Richard Aczel 37 What reads as a very effective 1950s anecdote is actually a story from the 1850s taken from the 1957 edition of Bela T6th's A Treasury of Hungarian Anecdotes (Magyar anekdotakincs).
The play ends with the ambassador on a bare stage accompanied merely by his charge, the man seeking political asylum. He has refused to send the man away, despite pressure and staged demonstrations in front of his windows, and is now standing 26 Slawomir Mrozek: Exile and the Loss of Mission ready, with gun in hand, prepared to shoot any intruder. The suggestion of establishing a fictitious embassy may be read by extension as the Soviets' attempt to establish a fictitious Polish government, manipulated by the Soviets.