Love and Other Stories

By Tibor Dery; George Szirtes (Introduction by)
(New Directions Publishing Corporation, Paperback, 9780811216258, 254pp.)

Publication Date: June 2005

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First imprisoned in 1919, then in 1934 for translating Andre Gide's diary of his journey to Russia, over twenty years later Tibor Dery was imprisoned again, this time sentenced to nine years for his writings and political activities during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 against Soviet occupation. Tibor Dery Committees formed around the world in protest, among the many involved: Picasso, Camus, Satre, Bertrand Russell, and E.M. Forster. Today, Tibor Dery is venerated as one of the most important literary figures of Hungary. Love & Other Stories presents a selection of his finest short stories. Dive into the underworld of ordinary lives in Budapest trying to survive the winter of war, menaced by "Arrow-cross men" (enthusiastic local supporters of the Nazi SS). A loyal Party worker quietly breaks down under oppression, and a political prisoner is released after seven years and returns home. Permeating the whole are questions of responsibility and conscience, of social justice and renewal.



About the Author
Tibor Dery (1894-1977), a short-story writer, novelist, playwright, and poet, was born in Budapest. Though an exile and literary outcast for several years, he received Hungary's highest artistic honor, the Kossuth Prize, in 1948.

George Szirtes is a Hungarian-born British poet and translator who has translated works by Sandor Csoori, Dezso Kosztolanyi, and Laszlo Krasznahorkai.
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