By George Konrad
A robust memoir of battle, politics, literature, and kin existence by means of certainly one of Europe's best intellectuals.
When George Konrád used to be a toddler of 11, he, his sister, and cousins controlled to escape to Budapest from the Hungarian nation-state the day earlier than deportations swept via his domestic city. finally, they have been the single Jewish teenagers of town to outlive the Holocaust.
A visitor in my very own Country remembers the lifetime of one among japanese Europe's such a lot finished sleek writers, starting together with his survival in the course of the ultimate months of the conflict. Konrád captures the hazards, 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 lifeless German soldier starts to talk, trying to justify his actions).
The finish of the struggle launches the younger guy on a awesome occupation in letters and politics. supplying vigorous descriptions of either his deepest and public lifestyles in Budapest, big apple, and Berlin, Konrád displays insightfully on his position within the Hungarian rebellion, the proposal of "internal emigration"—the destiny of many writers who, like Konrád, refused to go away the jap Bloc below socialism—and different complexities of eu identification. 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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