The idea of creating the Central European University was conceived in 1989 and its foundation followed quite soon thereafter, in 1991. Its fundamental concept was to find the way for an educational institution to help the transition from Soviet type dictatorships to democratic open societies. We talked with Éva Fodor, the pro-rector of CEU, to discuss whether CEU was a product of the shift in power or was it to some extent also able to influence social processes. AN INTERVIEW BY ÁGNES MERÉNYI.
A GLOBAL, COLORFUL COMMUNITY
“IT WOULD BE A SHAME TO WIPE IT OFF THE MAP”
András Török, the former president of the National Cultural Fund.
Its launch in 1994 was glorious and full of hope. It was an independent organization set out to finance culture. It was gradually subjugated, then engulfed by the ministry, by power. In 2019 almost 11 billion HUF was available, the lion’s share of which was used by the minister and the projects determined by the ministry. AN INTERVIEW BY JUDIT CSÁKI.
Krasznahorkai is no stranger to the depiction of seclusion and solitude as the necessary (and sometimes almost sufficient) component of creative work, and to the bitter romanticism of how extremely lonesome everyone is in this world. A REVIEW BY JÓZSEF NAGYGÉCI KOVÁCS.
Susan Faludi’s book In the Darkroom is a grand voyage around identity. She writes about personal, family and national identity, about sexual and gender identity, about religious and political affiliations. The subject matter was provided by her own father, the renowned photographer and retoucher and his sex reassignment surgery. How did a historian of photography read Faludi’s book? BY KÁROLY KINCSES.
I browse through the reviews, „the difficulty of the enterprise is indicated by the agony at the outset”, I see now and again, yes, this method works too, criticism replaced by ample quotes, what’s more, quoting a quote quoted by Esterházy. REVIEW BY GÁBOR NÉMETH.
The booklet, already remarkable in itself as an object, contains illustrated essays originally published on litera.hu, and is a real bonus for the author.
BY PÉTER POGRÁNYI.
It is possible that God does not exist at all, but nevertheless, or for that very reason, one can believe in him, one can pray to him, and, as many will testify from experience, one must fear him. (And according to Voltaire, as we all know, if He didn’t exist, it would be necessary to invent him.) BY JÓZSEF SÁNTHA
Jelenkor publishing house presents us with yet another sophisticated looking volume, On a Fantastic Journey, which is a collection of Péter Nádas’s seven essays that were published in journals or read openly in the past years, all of them busying around social-political issues. BY GÖKHAN AYHAN.
There is tension between the two words of the title. Flowers are associated with beauty, gobbling belongs to ugliness. But is the greed with which one gobbles flowers beautiful or ugly? And can one live on gobbling petals? An almost seven hundred page long tour de force is built on this contradiction. BY TAMÁS TARJÁN.
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