A Guest in My Own Country: A Hungarian Life by George Konrad
Reviewed by IstvÃ¡n DeÃ¡k
The New Republic Online
"For many years and through diverse political systems, the writer George KonrÃ¡d has served as one of Eastern Europe's leading intellectuals, and can be rightly considered the living conscience of a deeply disturbed society. As befits many an Eastern European, it is a near-miracle that he reached manhood. In this memoir, ably and accurately translated by Jim Tucker, he tells that in the spring of 1944, when he was eleven, the Gestapo dragged away his parents from BerettyÃ³Ãºjfalu, a small town in eastern Hungary. By then the German army had been occupying Hungary for a few months. Without any real guidance from the Jewish community leaders, but sensing that something terrible was about to happen to them all, ..." Read the entire New Republic Online review.