One Minute Stories by István Orkény Online

One Minute Stories
Title : One Minute Stories
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ISBN : 9631345416
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 128

Excerpt from the Introduction: It is hardly surprising that Hungarians have the reputation of being great survivors. They have been obliged to learn the arts of survival throughout the turbulent history of that little landlocked European country which has experienced more than its fair share of invasion, revolutions and repression. Istvan Orkeny, the author of these wry skExcerpt from the Introduction: It is hardly surprising that Hungarians have the reputation of being great survivors. They have been obliged to learn the arts of survival throughout the turbulent history of that little landlocked European country which has experienced more than its fair share of invasion, revolutions and repression. Istvan Orkeny, the author of these wry sketches, saw in his lifetime a bewildering succession of political systems replacing each other, each demanding absolute and unwavering loyalty. Orkeny's little stories, which proved immensely popular in Hungary, managed to laugh at the absurdities (and also the horrors) of that world in such a genial and oblique way that he remained more-or-less untouched even during periods of the most repressive censorship, when many of Hungary's best writers were silenced, imprisoned or forced to go underground. His books continued to be published and his plays performed largely, I suspect, because of their feline sophistication. Irony, allusiveness and obliquity have always been the best ways of pulling the wool over the eyes of literal-minded officialdom, both of the left and the right.


One Minute Stories Reviews

  • Will_Crimble

    Feel like I missed a bunch of Hungarian inside jokes, but overall entertaining. 58 boiled eggs, 58 minutes!

  • Jerzy

    [Just re-read it, after originally reading in 2004 during study abroad in Budapest.]A great mix of charming and disorienting stories. Helps a bit if you know some Hungarian history, especially during the Communist era. Helps a ton (I assume) if you actually lived through it and get all the jokes & references. Even without that background, still worth a read for the colorful sketches and unsettling humor.