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Nádas's A Book of Memories and Central European Journeys
CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture
  • Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek, Purdue University
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In his article "Nádas's A Book of Memories and Central European Journeys" Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek discusses theoretical, literary, political, social, etc., aspects of travel in Péter Nádas's novel. "Travel" in the novel represents both a conceptual and lived experience at a time when travel between the East and the West in Europe was restricted and when a person hailing from the "East" considered a journey to the West a complex and ideological matter. Further, the aspect of urbanity, that is, cultural and social spaces and the journey and what such entails in terms of ideology, points of origin, knowledge, and the individual's perceptions of "locus" are also discussed in the context of Hungarian, East German, and Hungarian Jewish literature. While in today's postcommunist 1989 order of Europe Nádas's text would be read in the context of history, the theme of travel by Hungarians to cities such as Vienna, Paris, Rome, or Berlin has been and remains a prominent genre in Hungarian, as well as Central European literature in general.
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Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek. "Nádas's A Book of Memories and Central European Journeys" (2012)
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