A Little Hungarian Pornography by Peter Esterhazy

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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.

About Peter Esterhazy

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Esterhazy is a prolific essayist and a playwright. Judith is a Senior Editor at Cornina Books in Budapest
Published January 1, 1995 by Corvina. 250 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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First, he describes various sexual encounters--in one a Party official seduces a woman in a train's lavatory--that take place in a world where ``happiness must be squeezed out of life, and no excuse.'' Next, he offers telling anecdotes about politicians and security officers who try, for example,...

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Although presented as a novel, this book (completed in 1983) by acclaimed Hungarian author Esterhazy (Book of Hrabal) reads more like a series of journal entries, political jottings and reminiscences.

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