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Hungarian Tragedy

Fryer, Peter

Published by Dennis Dobson, London, 1956
Condition: Good Soft cover
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96 pages. Maps. Illustrations. Pencil erasure residue on first page. Cover has some wear and soiling. Peter Fryer (18 February 1927 - 31 October 2006)[1] was an English Marxist writer and journalist. Among his most influential works is the 1984 book Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain. In 1948 Fryer joined the staff of the Daily Worker, becoming its parliamentary correspondent but also covering foreign affairs. In 1949 he reported on the show trial of the Hungarian communist László Rajk, who had falsely confessed to being an agent of Tito and others. After Rajk's execution and eventual "rehabilitation" early in 1956 Fryer felt guilty about his acquiescence in the trial. This is self-described as the first full-length eye-witness account of the Hungarian Revolution to appear in English. In October 1956 Fryer was sent to Hungary to cover the uprising. His dispatches, including a description of the suppression of the uprising by Soviet troops, were either heavily censored or suppressed, and he left the paper. His resignation had in fact taken place several months earlier, but he had been persuaded to serve a year's notice. He wrote a book about the uprising (Hungarian Tragedy, 1956) and was expelled from the Communist Party for criticizing its suppression in the "capitalist" press. Hungarian Tragedy is still in print. The most recent edition also contains some articles he completed after the book, which was published very quickly after the events he witnessed. Fryer then became the editor of The Newsletter, the journal of The Club, a Trotskyist organization led by Gerry Healy, and with Healy was a founder member of the Socialist Labour League. He parted company with Healy, however, and was delighted when Healy's organization expelled him in 1985. Fryer wrote a weekly column for the Workers Press, the paper of the organization that had expelled Healy, for several years after 1985. As a socialist journalist he was inspiring and painstaking, and wrote articles about how to write for the widest political audience, later collected in his book Lucid, Vigorous and Brief (1993). Fryer was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary at a reception at the Hungarian Embassy in London. Bookseller Inventory # 73206

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Title: Hungarian Tragedy

Publisher: Dennis Dobson, London

Publication Date: 1956

Binding: Trade paperback

Illustrator: Rolf Gillhausen (Cover Photograph)

Book Condition: Good

Edition: Second printing [stated].

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