lørdag den 28. januar 2017

Wanderlust: BUDAPEST PART I




På tirsdag forlader jeg Danmark en lille uges tid og vender snuden mod Budapest, hvor kultur, mad, spa og lange gåture skal være i højsæde. Jeg glæder mig! Jeg har derfor undersøgt, hvilke litterære skatte der er at finde som enten foregår i eller er skrevet af forfattere fra Budapest, hvilket resulterede i Imre Kertész roman De Skæbneløse. 

De Skæbneløse handler om en ung jødisk dreng fra Ungarn, som i 1944 deporteres til Auschwitz. Jeg har læst mig frem til, at romanen beskriver disse oplevelser på en helt unik måde og især har fokus på ambivalensen ved at vende hjem efter at have været i en koncentrationslejr. Imre Kertész modtog i 2002 nobelprisen i litteratur.



Udover denne dystre fortælling har jeg også planer om at medbringe et par lidt mere informative bøger, nemlig Politikens Turen går til Budapest & Ungarn og Budapest fra Århus Universitetsforlags smukke rejsebogsserie. Førstnævnte behøver jeg vist ikke sige mere om, og det er da også især sidstnævnte, som jeg ser mest frem til at gå på opdagelse i. Rejsebogsserien er en pendant til den ordinære rejse- og guidebog, idet den stadig indeholder billeder og kort af rejsedestinationen, men i stedet for opridsninger af de mest centrale museer, spisesteder og/eller kulturelle oplevelser, består den af afsnit eller essays skrevet af forskellige interessante mennesker, som på den ene eller anden måde har noget at sige om Budapest. Bogen er opdelt i afsnittene: intro, donau, ruinpubberne, kommunismen, nationalhullet, sporene, termalbadene, jugendstil, historien, 1956, osmannerne, fodspor, musikken og outro. 
Jeg synes, det er en vildt interessant og spændende måde at lære en by at kende på, og jeg glæder mig meget til at se, hvordan denne alternative rejsebog fungerer. 

 Har du været i Budapest før, og har du nogle råd eller tips til hvad, jeg bør se? Eller har du måske læst nogle bøger af ungarske forfattere, som jeg også bør læse? 






ENGLISH BELOW
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On Tuesday I'm going to Budapest for a couple of days where culture, food, spa, and long walks will be the main activities. And I can't wait! I've been doing some research on literary treasures that either take place in or is written by authors from Budapest and Hungary and I came across Imre Kertész' novel Fatelessness. 

The novel is about a ung jewish guy from Hunary, who, in 1944, is deported to Auschwitz. As far as I know, the way the novel portrays this experience is quite unique, especially because it concentrates on the ambivalence of returning to Budapest after having been living in Auschwitz. Imre Kertész received the Nobel Prize in 2002.

I've also found two more informative books for my trip. Both are guide books, but whereas the first one is a very standard and typical guide book, the second is a lot more interesting. The publishers at my university in Århus has made a series of travel books that does not just contain a guide and list of what to see and do, but instead it is made of essays written by several different people who all have something to say about the destination. 
The book is divided in essays on donau, communism, the history, the thermal baths, 1956, the music etc. and I'm looking forward to learn more about a city in this different and alternative way. 

Have you been to Budapest? If you have any advice or tips on what to do or see, I'd love if if you'd share them below. If you've read some Hungarian books, I'd also love to know!

1 kommentar:

  1. Hi Ida,
    I'll give you some literary recommendations for your Hungarian trip. My first choice is Peter Nadas' "Parallel Stories." The novel starts in 1989 as the Berlin wall came down with a criminal scene and went further to a dark Hungarian family story, their guilt, and complicity. It includes such events as the Hungarian revolution in 1956, the post-revolutionary period, the Hungarian national day March 15, 1961. And it also involves the deportation of Hungarian Jews in 1944/45 and also the pre-war situation in the 1930s in Berlin. It is a full novel, 1153 pages in the English translation.
    Laslo Boka also wrote an excellent book with the title "Benedek" (or "Alázatosan jelentem") in 1958.The German edition changed the title to "Melde gehorsamst"). It is comparable with "The Good Soldier Švejk" by Jaroslav Hasek. Unfortunately there is no English translation.
    And the third is Imre Kertesz "Fiasco": The author returns from a concentration camp and finds in Hungary another suppressive regime.
    I wish you a beautiful trip, and I am quite curious of your information.
    Best regards
    Wolfgang

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