Category: Arts and Letters

FROM OUR READERS

Howard Hunter’s rejoinder to the János Kubassek articleon Christianity and religions in Indonesia Dear Editors, I read with great pleasure the charming essay by János Kubassek about the School of St Stephen and Fr Tamás Krump on the Indonesian Island of Flores. My wife and I lived in Singapore for

Ode to the Global Wind

1 you raw global windinvisible you areyou exercise the tree brancheswhispering secrets to talkative leavesyou breathe life into landscapesyou comb forests for a blade of grassand lovingly touch with haystacksyou scribble notes between thelines of constitutionsget through buttonholesroll away distanceswhile breathing fresh scentsonto cities and flutter ceaselesslythe texture of matter

CASTLES, FATES, STORIES

On Hungary’s National Palace and Castle Programmes Whether walking the streets of Budapest, especially in the Castle District, admiring the main squares of Hungarian towns and cities, visiting the countryside, or watching the renovation of former aristocratic castles and the ‘reconstruction’ of ruins which were once castles, it is apparent

The Book in the Mirror OR THE CASE OF THE EATEN SAILORS

Apparent coincidences form vital wholes gaping in the net ofphysical causality, through which deus ex machina manifestshis volition; they are tears in the fabric of reality through whichDestiny and Fate seep through. Arthur Koestler Who is this? It is a man in a suit with wavy hair, standing in front

The Village Notary
A Hungarian Classic Resurrected in Translation

If the literary translator’s fundamental motive is the desire to share with others his delight in the strangeness of alien things, the re-translator’s purpose is more complex. He (allowing the masculine to do duty for both genders!) shares the first translator’s enthusiasm, but more is clearly needed. He may be

THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ART CRITIC IN THE AGE OF EMPEROR FRANZ JOSEPH

Ludwig Hevesi, the Hungarian-born art critic, is probably best known as the author of the motto that graces the facade of the Secession Building in Karlsplatz in resplendent golden letters: ‘Der Zeit ihre Kunst, der Kunst ihre Freiheit!’ or ‘To every age its art, to every art its freedom!’ Hevesi,

VIENNA AS A CULTURAL METROPOLIS IN THE AGE
OF EMPEROR FRANZ JOSEPH*

Even though the imperial city has been a favourite research topic and inexhaustible training ground for cultural historians for forty years, this now globally fashionable curiosity has been rather selective, revolving around a handful of leitmotifs and approaching the same favourite themes over and over again. The book to which

STOCKS OF LOVE—A PORTRAIT OF ISTVÁN SZEPSY

Film Snapshots of the Man Who Redefined the Tokaj Wine Region István Szepsy is a member of the sixteenth generation of a winegrowing dynasty in Tokaj, which first left an indelible mark on Hungary’s cultural and  economic  history  in  the  early  seventeenth  century.  Although  I        have been following Szepsy’s work

THE INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED STUDIES KŐSZEG

Ferenc Miszlivetz and Jody Jensen in interview with Mátyás Kohán MK: The Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg (iASK) is now five years old. Could you sketch a guide to how to found a research facility of that rank in a modest little city in the Hungarian countryside? JJ: Our group

LÁSZLÓ MAGYAR—UNTOLD STORIES OF A HUNGARIAN EXPLORER
BORN TWO HUND

Part II MAGYAR’S RECEPTION IN HUNGARY AND ABROAD Owing to his Hungarian patriotism, and—having been an illegitimate child— his family circumstances and upbringing (he wanted to prove himself to his father), he insisted on publishing his books and other writings in Hungarian, despite offers from Portugal and Britain. Consequently, although