A Guest in my Own Country: A Hungarian Life

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A Guest in My Own Country book. Read 11 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Winner of the National Jewish Book Award in the cate. A Guest in My Own Country: A Hungarian Life [George Konrad, Michael Henry Heim, Jim Tucker] on siverpvarara.gq *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Winner .

An error has occurred while trying to update your details. Please contact us. In Hungary, they are effectively illegal because here the state holds a constitutional monopoly over military organization. And this is at last being recognized by the authorities. But in other countries, where citizens have a right to bear arms, such as the United States, militaristic organizations regularly train their members in armed combat.

They also preach a creed of white supremacy and religious intolerance. But the USA is such a huge country, and its freedom of expression is so securely founded that expressions of rightist fanatic dissent over there are not as alarming as they are to us here in Central Europe. The Ku Klux Klan has not invaded American public life. Yet things are basically similar in Hungary, not least because we are now part of the European Union.

Segments of the Hungarian elite may be pleased by the emergence of the Hungarian Guard, but they will never admit that in public. But would any significant part of Hungarian society ever look to Moscow for political direction and an opportunity for integration? No way. Besides which, there is Ukraine between us, a very large country.

This country therefore must look for various sources of support from the West, which insists on respect for the rule of law. Europeans tend to look westward anyway. Look how the west end of every city is always more prosperous than its east end. The Jews too have always settled in the east end everywhere, as they had come from the East, and then re-settled in the west end the moment they became successful. But they try to understand and forgive their grandparents. And there are lots of youngsters in every society who like to march and sing and train with dummy rifles.

The Hungarian Guard must be full of them. Brooklyn, New York, United States. Ships to:. This amount is subject to change until you make payment. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees.

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Item Information Condition:. He made frequent appearances in both the print and electronic media. Views Read Edit View history. Offering lively descriptions of both his private and public life in Budapest, New York, and Berlin, Konrad reflects insightfully on his role in the Hungarian Uprising, the notion of "internal emigration" — the fate of many writers who, like Konrad, refused to leave the Eastern Bloc under socialism — and other complexities of European identity. His early story is a very painful one of watching the Nazis take over and he and his sister being the only Jewish children from his village t The story is a very interesting one. Robert Daigle rated it liked it Nov 01,

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See all condition definitions - opens in a new window or tab Read more about the condition. A powerful memoir of war, politics, literature, and family life by one of Europe's leading intellectuals. When George Konrad was a child of eleven, he, his sister, and two cousins managed to flee to Budapest from the Hungarian countryside the day before deportations swept through his home town.

Ultimately, they were the only Jewish children of the town to survive the Holocaust. A Guest in My Own Country recalls the life of one of Eastern Europe's most accomplished modern writers, beginning with his survival during the final months of the war. Konrad captures the dangers, the hopes, the betrayals and courageous acts of the period through a series of carefully chosen episodes that occasionally border on the surreal as when a dead German soldier begins to speak, attempting to justify his actions.

The end of the war launches the young man on a remarkable career in letters and politics.

Offering lively descriptions of both his private and public life in Budapest, New York, and Berlin, Konrad reflects insightfully on his role in the Hungarian Uprising, the notion of "internal emigration" — the fate of many writers who, like Konrad, refused to leave the Eastern Bloc under socialism — and other complexities of European identity.

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