Cover Osteuropa 12/2019

In Osteuropa 12/2019

Agent of humanity
György Konrád, a global citizen from Berettyóújfalu

Hans-Henning Paetzke

Deutsche Fassung


György Konrád constantly sought out the restless energy of life and the rhythm of the big city, but he also loved the atmosphere of the central European village, where he could immerse himself fully in other peoples’ stories. He was a spy of the soul, and stole stories and anecdotes; he was a sociologist and an anti-politician, a nonconformist, a wise man from the Orient, a prophet from Old Testament times, a righteous one, a loser, and a novelist who knew how to describe many different fates and events that were at the same time always interwoven with his own life.

(Osteuropa 12/2019, pp. 139–156)