Az utolsó szó jogán [by] Eörsi, István


Az utolsó szó jogán [by] Eörsi, István


  • Political essays, discussion
  • Language: Hungarian
  • Release date: 1985
  • Publisher: AB Független, Budapest
  • Pages: 93
  • Samizdat edition

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Az utolsó szó jogán [The Right to the Last Word] [by] Eörsi, István
Budapest, 1985. AB Független. 93 p. First edition.
Publishing paperback. Poss.: Tóth, Imre popular teacher (stamp). In good condition, minor fault.  Hungarian samizdat edition.

Biographical conversation with terminally ill György Lukács spring of 1971.

István Eörsi (1931-2005) was a Hungarian writer, novelist, political essayist. Eörsi was part of the Hungarian minority that welcomed the Red Army, when the Russians invaded his country. He was one of those who looked on the Russians as liberators and not enemies. Although most of these Russian supporters were disillusioned after the rise to power of Stalin, Eörsi found new opportunities in this time of uncertainty. Even as a schoolboy, Eörsi published poems that sang the praises of the communist government. In later years, he was an opponent of the proletariat’s dictatorship and an oppositionist. Because of his participation in 1956 uprising he was sentenced to eight years in prison, of which he served three and a half (until the 1960 amnesty). In 1983 and 1984 he lived in West Berlin on a DAAD (German for Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) scholarship. After the fall of communism in Hungary in 1989, Eörsi criticized the revival of nationalism. He was a founder member of SZDSZ, but left because of ideological differences. Eörsi’s literary style was marked by his ideological stance, and it often bore his political zeal in the form of sarcasm. His writings tended to be volatile as well as passionate, especially when he wrote on political issues. In later years, Eörsi’s writing mellowed somewhat. But his work always bore the mark of two things: First, a revisionist form of Marxism he learned from his teacher, György Lukács; second, his experiences of the 1956 Hungarian revolution, which got him in jail.

Samizdat editions, mostly political pamphlets, appeared in Hungary in the 1970s in the poor form of carbon copies of typescripts. Later in the 80s the so-called Democratic Opposition in Hungary established semi-underground publishings, like “AB Független” to publish not merely political literature but also literature that was banned by the Communist politics.

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Dimensions 14,7 × 19,7 cm


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