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A Little Hungarian Pornography

Esterhazy, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0810113406 / ISBN 13: 9780810113404
Published by Northwestern University Press, Evanston, IL, 1995
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: A Little Hungarian Pornography

Publisher: Northwestern University Press, Evanston, IL

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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An extraordinary montage of sex and politics, Péter Esterházy's innovative novel can be seen to prefigure the liberation of Eastern Europe. Written under what the author calls "small, Hungarian, pornographic circumstances," A Little Hungarian Pornography exists in a context of official falsehood and misinformation, of lies of the body, the soul, and the state, perpetuated in the duality of language.

In a state where the lack of democracy was called socialist democracy, economic chaos a socialist economy, and revolution an anti-revolution, the notion of speech and obscenity becomes equally distorted and skewed. Under these circumstances, the author considers the shackles inherent in the vocabulary of oppression and contrasts this with the freedom of the body in sex. A kaleidoscopic digression on perversion and politics, A Little Hungarian Pornography is both satire and critique, trifle and tract, and further support for Esterházy's status as one of the best writers in Europe today.

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An extraordinary montage of sex and politics, Peter Esterhazy's innovative novel can be seen to prefigure the liberation of Eastern Europe. Written in 1982 and 1983 under what the author calls "small, Hungarian, pornographic circumstances", A Little Hungarian Pornography exists in a context of official falsehood and misinformation, of lies of the body, the soul, and the state, perpetuated in the duality of language.

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