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By George Konrad

A robust memoir of battle, politics, literature, and relations lifestyles via considered one of Europe's major intellectuals.

When George Konrád was once 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. eventually, they have been the one Jewish young ones of the city to outlive the Holocaust.

A visitor in my very own Country remembers the lifetime of considered one of japanese Europe's so much finished sleek writers, starting together with his survival in the course of the ultimate months of the battle. Konrád captures the risks, the hopes, the betrayals and brave acts of the interval via a chain of conscientiously selected episodes that sometimes border at the surreal (as whilst a lifeless German soldier starts to talk, trying to justify his actions).

The finish of the warfare launches the younger guy on a amazing profession in letters and politics. delivering full of life descriptions of either his inner most and public existence in Budapest, long island, and Berlin, Konrád displays insightfully on his function within the Hungarian rebellion, the thought of "internal emigration"—the destiny of many writers who, like Konrád, refused to depart the jap Bloc less than socialism—and different complexities of eu identification. To learn A visitor in my very own Country is to event the new background of East-Central Europe from the interior.

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