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Approaching My Literature, Volume 1: Readings from the Hungarian Exilic Experience

Approaching My Literature, Volume 1: Readings from the Hungarian Exilic Experience

by Peter Hargitai
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The two-volume compilation of readings in Hungarian exilic literature is a selective guide through the genres of a body of work that until recently was all but inaccessible to English readers, specialist and student alike. These voices from the “other Europe” add a unique and invaluable chord to our appreciation of global diversity by broadening the definition of exile beyond geographical dislocation to questions of identity provoked by political, cultural, psychological and spiritual displacement.

Volume One: Readings from the Hungarian Exilic Experience is a collection of award-winning poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, drama, and a trilogy of novels as seen through the eyes of a hyphenated everyman-in-exile, whose journey transcends his condition as a perpetual outsider condemned to anonymity in a world that is both familiar and strange, twistedly funny and at the same time heart-wrenching, uniquely Hungarian and uniquely American, and more importantly, movingly human.

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ISBN-13: 9781609279103
Publisher: Cognella Press
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 804
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Peter Hargitai is a Senior Lecturer in English at Florida International University. He has been teaching Writing, Rhetoric and Literature for four decades. As a poet, author and translator, he has garnered numerous literary awards including the Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Fust Milan Award from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the Pro Cultura Hungarica Medal from the Republic of Hungary. He is a member of PEN (Writers in Exile).

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Approaching My Literature, Volume 1: Readings from the Hungarian Exilic Experience 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Approaching My Literature is a creative and comprehensive collection of works including several poems and pieces. The poems are the best part of the book. Each poem is imaginative and personal allowing the reader to virtually see into the writer's past. Every piece depicts emotion and identity of the poet. The book touches on issues of controversy and exile. Because the book touches on the topic of exile, several works from exiled writers are included in this collection. Hargitai translates novels by Antal Szerb and Attila Joszef. Overall, Approaching My Literature is a wonderful collection of works, touching on several issues that a variety of readers can easily connect to today.
valdes4prez More than 1 year ago
Peter Hargitai's "Approaching My Literature: Volume I" gives the reader a glimpse into what life can be like as an exile in The United States. From gut wrenching poetry describing his mother's understanding of the American ghettos to the quaint tales of Attila Nagy, Hargitai's pen name/alter ego, and his coming of age in America as a Hungarian exile. The awkwardness of having to learn a new paradigm not only as an exile, but as a child/young man is portrayed vividly. Cuban Americans, and any other group of exiles in America should use this as a manual on what to say and not to say, what to do and not to do in order to stay on top in the States. Strong odors of Hungarian pride waft throughout Volume I. Even more pungent is said aroma in Volume II, where Hargitai translates the works of late, great Hungarian authors and poets Attila Jozsef, Antal Szerb, and Ferenc Mozsi. There is a reason Hargitai is an award-winning translator, poet, and author. however, there is no reason for you to pass up this opportunity. Your literacy will thank you.
Lalonso More than 1 year ago
The poems in this collection of works were definitely my favorite part of the book. I loved that there were so many poems to choose from and they all had that feel of poetry from a similar place but each piece still had it's own personality and identity. It was an enjoyable read all throughout, including the novels and drama. It also had, to me, interesting plots brimming with controversy, ambiguity and transcension. A definite but if you are a heavy poetry reader and enjoy works that you can relate to. I think it connects to the reader so that he/she can feel what the characters feel throughout their respective stories.
Jmelecio More than 1 year ago
I am not a huge fan of extensive literature books, but I must say this one was a good read. The great thing about it is that if there is a particular text you don't really care for there is a variety of others you can choose from. If you don't enjoy poetry or short fiction you can just switch to drama or novels. Variety keeps the volumes worth reading. I would recommend this to anyone that's interested in translated works or into foreign pieces. I would even recommend it to those that aren't into foreign pieces because it allows readers to get a different sense of literature from a new part of the world. As for people complaining about the price, if they were so concerned over expenses then they shouldn't have put themselves in a position to buy the book, just don't take the class. Yeah, it's pricey, but it's a lot of information with plenty of choices.
san_gallego More than 1 year ago
This is a magnificent compilation of poems and fictional novels by Peter Hargitai, difficult to put down once they are begun. The author clearly provides fascinating details of every life through the actions, thoughts and emotions of his characters. I was fortunate enough to have taken a class taught by Mr. Hargitai, and he is quite simply the pure embodiment of knowledge demonstrated constantly in his work.
FIUCollegeChick More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for one of my english classes. It is pretty much a compleation of already published works. This volume and the second volume are heavy and alittle too expensive. However, some of the stories and analysis of some of the stories are rather interesting. Overall, I would have asked that the professor have chosen just one of the volumes instead of both, plus another book, because overall I just feel my purchasing these two books instead of the actual stories that were important to the course was a waste of money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago