6.36 George Konrad Stonedial

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The year 1993. Janos Dragomán, a wandering scholar, a world-famous and world-weary Hungarian writer, returns to his native town to visit three old friends. They are Aba Kuno, the almost saintly, highly respected rector of the university; Antal Tombor, the charismatic popular showman-mayor; and Kobra, a stable family man who is also a ubiquitous media pundit dispensing "common sense." The three have wives, all eager to be seduced by Dragom‡n, whose reputation precedes him. Through a series of flashbacks, covering his intellectually and sexually precocious schooldays, his memories of the life of Jews in 1944, and the 1956 Revolution (brilliantly rendered), we learn that Dragomán inadvertently caused the massacre of six young colleagues. Through the turbulent history of a Central European country, Konrád explores familiar themes and delivers a universal, appropriately ambiguous, message.

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George Konrad, born in 1933, is Hungary's preeminent essayist and novelist. He served as president of International PEN from 1990 to 1993. In 1991 he won the prestigious Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. He is president of the Academy of Art in Berlin.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Hungarian

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