Friday, November 17, 2006

Presentation of Duncan's book at the Hungarian Institute of Paris

It'll take me a bit to get the pictures up associated with this post... Thanks for your patience...

Sent to me by Sabine Fazekas and Florence Labruyere

7 novembre 2006

Soirée littéraire à l’Institut hongrois de Paris
(Literary evening at the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Paris)

Photo (coming soon):
From RIGHT to LEFT (de DROITE à gauche):
Adam Biro, publisher (Biro Editions)
Jean-François Bouthors, Duncan’s publisher (Buchet-Chastel)
Florence La Bruyère (translator)
Karoly Kecskeméti, historian (moderator of the debate)
Phil Casoar, writer (Les héros de Budapest)
André Farkas, writer (Budapest, la tragédie telle que je l’ai vécue)
Henri-Christian Giraud, writer (Le printemps en octobre, une histoire de la révolution hongroise)
A participant standing for the historian Nicolas Bauquet, author of a book on Budapest, 1956

The round table was chaired by historian Karoly Kecskeméti who as a young student of literature was himself involved in the Hungarian revolution.

The various writers gave a fascinating insight on history. Through Henri-Christian Giraud, who has devoted 20 years of his life to researching the revolution, we learnt that Russian additional troops and tanks moved into Hungary as early as…October 23rd ! It is therefore clear that the Kremlin had decided at a very early stage to crush the uprising and only waited a little to launch the assault on the 4th of November.

André Farkas, a young reporter in 1956, described how the revolutionaries managed to introduce an immediate decentralisation in the country. In Miskolc and in other towns, workers’ councils were established without waiting for instructions from the capital.
Phil Casoar spoke about all those extremely young workers, employed in factories who came from a very poor background and were the real “soldiers” of the revolution. They were even ready to fight against…own members of their family who stood on the other side, he said.

And Karoly Kecskeméti outlined how Duncan Shiels unveiled new aspects of the pre – revolution days. One example of it was the way Duncan described Julia Rajk fighting for the rehabilitation of her husband. This had not been written before, he said. Jean-François read out an excerpt of the book where Julia bravely addresses members of the infamous Communist Party : “Not only did you kill my husband but you also kill all dignity on this country”.

Soon we will post the speech Florence gave on Duncan.


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