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Chicago of the Balkans: Budapest in Hungarian Literature 1900-1939
     

Chicago of the Balkans: Budapest in Hungarian Literature 1900-1939

by Gwen Jones
 

At the point of its creation in 1873, Budapest was intended to be a pleasant rallying point of orderliness, high culture and elevated social principles: the jewel in the national crown. From the turn of the century to World War II, however, the Hungarian capital was described, variously, as: Judapest, the sinful city, not in Hungary, and the Chicago of the

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At the point of its creation in 1873, Budapest was intended to be a pleasant rallying point of orderliness, high culture and elevated social principles: the jewel in the national crown. From the turn of the century to World War II, however, the Hungarian capital was described, variously, as: Judapest, the sinful city, not in Hungary, and the Chicago of the Balkans. This is the first English-language study of competing metropolitan narratives in Hungarian literature that spans both the liberal late Habsburg and post-liberal, ‘Christian-national’ eras, at the same time as the ‘Jewish Question’ became increasingly inseparable from representations of the city. Works by writers from a wide variety of backgrounds are discussed, from Jewish satirists to icons of the radical Right, representatives of conservative national schools, and modernist, avant-garde and ‘peasantist’ authors.

Gwen Jones is Hon. Research Associate at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781907975578
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/30/2013
Series:
Legenda Main Series
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.70(d)

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