Attila Pók: Remembering and Forgetting Communism in Hungary : Studies on Collective Memory and Memory Politics in Context
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Few Hungarian scholars are better known in the world than forever-young Attila Pók who assiduosly disseminates the good name of hos country’s culture at international conferences and in major publications. He is doing this to counter successive Hungarian political regimes which seem to be doing their best to sully the country’s reputation abroad. The present book is based mainly on the many lectrures and substantial essays which Dr. Pók presented over the years to the international public. It introduces a dazzling vista of the grand achievements of Hungarian writers, poets, philosophers, sociologists and, quite especially, historians in modern times. Yet Pók’s Remembering and Forgetting Communism in Hungary also shows the near-impossibility of harmonizing the country’s often violent, contradictory, and tragic histroy with the immortal achievements of its best minds. I sometimes wonder why Attila – I hope I am forgiven for using only the first name of my dear friend – has not followed in the footsteps of hundreds, nay thousands and thousand of Hungarian scientists and scholars, several eventual Nobel Prize winners among them, in leaving the country and settling abroad. Attila does travel a lot in the world; still, he always he returns to home base. /From the Foreword by István Deák/
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