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Author(s): Dan Horaţiu Popescu
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Jewish studies, Cultural Essay, Book-Review
Published by: Editura Universitatii din Oradea
Keywords: family tree; family memoir; humor; self-irony; tragic destinies; Holocaust survivors; family history;everyday life; Hungarian-Jewish families;

Summary/Abstract: The book “Modern Times. The Biography of a Hungarian-Jewish Family” is a family memoir written by Stephen Pogany, Professor Emeritus. The major challenge for Stephen Pogany was finding the proper voice “unencumbered by either academic jargon or sentimentality”.One of the narrative strategy employed by the author consists in placing the histories of his family members in parallel with those of (in)famous people who either had roots in the same community or lived in the same period. Another strategy is combining humor and self-irony with deceptive accounts from unreliable narrators, accounts enhanced by the author’s guesses. Readers come experience emotional proximity when hearing about the tragical destinies of the deported Jews in the family and the hidden emotional marks of the survivors.

  • Issue Year: 28/2021
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 265-270
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: English