In this story of three generations in a Hungarian village, Oravecz records the history of the disintegration of rural culture. In the author’s native Szajla, a village that has gained almost mythic proportions thanks to Oravecz, we follow the Árvai family, from a grandfather who had fought in the War of Independence against the Habsburgs in 1848 to a grandson who becomes ‘unfaithful to the land’ and leaves the country in hope of a better fortune. A lost world comes alive as Oravecz depicts the life of peasants in stunning detail – everyday life and festivities, birth and death, love and loneliness, as well as the dilemma of staying or leaving.
Oravecz records the history of the disintegration of rural culture as though he was retelling the myth of Atlantis.” (Lajos Jánossy)
ISBN 978 963 1433 95 1
2016, hard cover with jacket
392 pages, 135×195 mm
English excerpts available