Cover Osteuropa 12/2011

In Osteuropa 12/2011

Cruel and Puzzling
Contemporary Hungarian Literature

Attila Bombitz

Deutsche Fassung


The political changes in Hungary have brought about no similar radical change in literature. The literary about-face came well before these changes in the political system: texts that were both very advanced in terms of form and non-ideological had come into being already in the 1970s and 1980s. The range of content has expanded since 1989. Formerly taboo subjects are now taken for granted. The juxtaposition of traditional, modern, and post-modern narrative forms, as well as an interest in national history, is typical of contemporary Hungarian literature.

(Osteuropa 12/2011, pp. 383–392)