Hungarian Review

Summer vacation

We kindly inform our readers that our office will be closed from 24 July to 23 August 2017 for the summer vacation. We appreciate your understanding. The Editorial team of Hungarian Review wishes you all a very pleasant summer...


Ilona Sármány-Parsons

The First Golden Age of the Műcsarnok

"The second part of the nineteenth century and the first fifteen years of the twentieth century (up to the First World War) constituted a golden age of painting in Central Europe. It was the age when the region encompassed by the Austro- Hungarian Empire consciously embarked on the process of modernisation."


István Orosz

Da Vinci and the Migrants

"In a study published in 1881, Richter did venture the assumption that Leonardo converted to the Prophet’s faith. (...) He believed every word the artist wrote about his visits to Cyprus, Egypt, Mesopotamia and Armenia, all the way to witnessing the sky-high peaks of the Caucasus and the Taurus."


Igor Pomerantsev

Ersatz Freedom – Remembering Yevgeny Yevtushenko

"I call Yevtushenko a surfer poet. He always caught the wave. In his first collection, published in 1952, Yevtushenko managed to laud Stalin, and twenty years later published his anti-Stalinist poem “The Heirs of Stalin” in Pravda. In 1961 he wrote “Babi Yar” and infuriated the anti-Semites."


István Ágh

The Blood of Falling Leaves

"Lying on a stretcher, I looked around the square. The sight in itself from that angle would have made me turn grey – seeing what happened after I had been lying there. Like after a battue shooting. The saying “to bite the dust” is true. Dying people were biting the earth, clutching to the roots of the turf."


Nicholas T. Parsons

Islam, Islamism and Islamophobia

"Many would question whether special legal accommodation should be available for Muslims on account of their “profound convictions”, unless we are sure that such convictions are compatible with our secular state. After all, the Inquisition acted from “profound convictions” which were not necessarily a guide to desirable behaviour."


David Morris

Rising in the East

"Today’s China contains many complexities, contradictions and the party state is every bit as nervous about losing control as in earlier generations, which sometimes creates an authoritarian feedback loop that may be less attractive to the new middle class in time. But every day China is changing and evolving and yesterday’s stereotypes are as out of date as last century’s. One thing is certain, China is the elephant in the room."


János Martonyi

Brexit. Brexit? – Part II

"Despite some voices coming both from the inside and from the outside, countries such as Poland or Hungary will neverleave the European Union. Contrary to what many try to suggest, the main reason is not money. There are, of course, economic, geopolitical and security policy considerations, but they are still not the most important factors. The root causes are much deeper: 'it is culture that matters'."


John O’Sullivan

Truth, Lies and 1956 – Editorial Note

"One senior apparatchik told János Kádár, hesitating on the brink of betrayal, that the Communists might win five per cent in a free election. At that time it was probably an over-estimate. It meant that even if Hungary was crushed, it would have to be governed by a blend of sedation and seduction rather than simple repression after 'normalcy' had been restored."


HUNGARIAN REVIEW is published by BL Nonprofit Kft.
It is an affiliate of the bi-monthly journal Magyar Szemle, published since 1991
Publisher: Gyula Kodolányi
Editor-in-Chief: Gyula Kodolányi
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