From the Editors

From the Editors

A NOTE OF REMEMBRANCE

Árpád Kadarkay, who became an ever-responsive reader, then a house author, then a personal friend of the Hungarian Review team, deceased in his home in Tacoma, Washington, USA, in late November 2015. Born in the village of Kesztölc, Hungary, in 1934, he lived through many hardships during the War and

CITY DESTINIES, HUMAN DESTINIES

CITY DESTINIES, HUMAN DESTINIES The cover photo of our March issue shows a detail of the new illumination of the structure of Margit Bridge in Budapest, designed and built by a French engineer in the famous Eiffel team (1876), and recently restored to much of its original splendour. Budapest illumination

FROM THE EDITORS: TALES FROM MIDDLE-EARTH

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given

A SEASON OF REMEMBERING

In the first article in this November 2012 edition of Hungarian Review, our regular columnist Péter Ákos Bod contemplates the missed chances of the Hungarian capital. In his view, the dreams of the early 1990s that Budapest would become a regional hub have not been realised. Such recent developments as the

THE ANCHOR AND THE RIVERBED

Early morning on the Buda shore, just beside Liberty Bridge, a smudged, autumnal sun rising lazily over Pest. The Danube is low, and a floating landing stage, moored to the bank, is surrounded by the flotsam and jetsam, tree trunks and branches of the old river. A passenger boat comes

UPSETTING THE APPLECART

There is no question mark after the title of John O’Sullivan’s thoughtful and provocative essay “Sovereignty or Submission”, with which we lead this summer edition. With his revised version of the Preface to John Fonte’s new book Sovereignty or Surrender – again without a questionmark – we are pleased to

MIRACLES ON THE DANUBE

As this, May 2012 edition of the Hungarian Review goes to press, the Hungarian Parliament is electing a new President. In his inaugural address, János Áder shed his party shoes to appeal to his fellow countrymen and countrywomen to turn their backs on what he called “sterile, selfish, egotistical discord…

ON LUCK AND FOOTBAL

When asked on one occasion how Poland managed to post a year of moderate growth in 2009, when the rest of Europe stumbled drunkenly into the red, the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk famously remarked “we were lucky!” Everyone needs a certain amount of luck in politics, and Viktor Orbán’s

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

‘We are proud’ – state the opening words of the new Hungarian Constitution – of a long list of attributes, including those forebears who fought for national survival, freedom and independence, the intellectual achievements of Hungarians, and Hungary’s role as ‘a talented and diligent defender of the common values of

FIRST BIRTHDAY EDITION

With this edition of Hungarian Review we celebrate one year of our journal’s existence, and look forward with hope to many more. We believe we have proved the need for a calm, measured, and conservative – in the best sense of the word – voice from Central Europe, and we extend special