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By George Konrad

A robust memoir of conflict, politics, literature, and relations lifestyles by way of certainly one of Europe's prime intellectuals.

When George Konrád was once a baby 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 childrens of the city to outlive the Holocaust.

A visitor in my very own Country remembers the lifetime of one in all jap Europe's such a lot comprehensive glossy writers, starting along with his survival throughout 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 useless German soldier starts off to talk, trying to justify his actions).

The finish of the conflict launches the younger guy on a extraordinary occupation in letters and politics. supplying vigorous descriptions of either his deepest and public existence in Budapest, big apple, and Berlin, Konrád displays insightfully on his function within the Hungarian rebellion, the concept of "internal emigration"—the destiny of many writers who, like Konrád, refused to go away the jap Bloc below socialism—and different complexities of ecu 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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