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

By George Konrad

A robust memoir of struggle, politics, literature, and kin lifestyles by means of one in every of Europe's major 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 ahead of deportations swept via his domestic city. finally, they have been the one Jewish young children of the city 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 along with his survival throughout the ultimate months of the struggle. Konrád captures the risks, the hopes, the betrayals and brave acts of the interval via a sequence of rigorously 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 awesome occupation in letters and politics. providing full of life descriptions of either his inner most and public lifestyles in Budapest, long island, and Berlin, Konrád displays insightfully on his position within the Hungarian rebellion, the idea of "internal emigration"—the destiny of many writers who, like Konrád, refused to depart the japanese Bloc less than socialism—and different complexities of ecu identification. To learn A visitor in my very own Country is to adventure the new background of East-Central Europe from the interior.

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Black Jack was by now willing enough to stop and catch his breath. I managed to get my right foot back in the stirrup where it belonged, carefully unfastened my expensive crystal hunting flask, and took a deep, soothing drink to steady my nerves. I had no idea where I was, and I didn’t care. All I had to do was walk Black Jack quietly until we found a road, and then ask for directions home. At that precise moment, I felt Black Jack tense his muscles. Ahead of us, on higher ground, I saw a flash of orange, moving slowly.

Jane was a horsewoman and foxhunter of international distinction, and knew that I rode—in fact, that was the main reason she had sent me her novel in the first place. During the course of our interminable discussions about how to cut A Portion for Foxes down to a reasonable length, Jane happened to mention that she was looking for a good used sidesaddle for herself. She had not been able to find one at a sensible price locally; might I happen to know whether she could find one in New York? I was overjoyed, being perhaps the only person in Rockefeller Center who could have answered yes to that question.

He stared at me darkly for a moment or two. I hoped I hadn’t offended him, but then he nodded and gave me a rueful, tight-lipped grin. ” Then he touched his hat and trotted off round the corner to return King to his stall, next to the other Kings, with Mrs. Dakota running behind him on the high heels of her cowboy boots, trying to keep up. This is a book about horses, and “horse people”—people who love horses, or who know horses, or who make their living out of horses, or who just can’t imagine what their life would be like without horses.

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