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Being Caressed Backwards

Author(s): Andrea Csilla Zólya
Subject(s): Hungarian Literature
Published by: Korunk Baráti Társaság
Keywords: anthropomorphism; cats; children’s literature; contemporary literature; reflection

Summary/Abstract: Published in 2020, Imola Julianna Szabó's volume Rókamók és Círmacs is both a reminder of the well-known cat heroes of classic children's literature and a reading and reinterpretation of the colourful and refreshing features of popular cat characters in contemporary literature. The depiction of cats in these children's literature books is often characterised by anthropomorphisation, as an interpretation of the cat's relationship with humans and other animals. The world of Imola Julianna Szabó's books takes us out of the confines of the noisy streets of busy cities, teaching us to linger over events, thoughts, questions spoken and unspoken, and also over answers. They teach us about patience. The language games take us into another vibrant, lively world where "something was always happening, something that was meant to happen". These little details will undoubtedly give the reader and/or the children listening to the story an unforgettable experience. Behind the humorous twists and turns, there is always some deeper thought-provoking insight, because of the ability to linger, to live in the moment, to reflect on the things of the world, as this book also points out how important it is to learn to notice the little things and events in the world. At the same time, the little twists, turns and surprises that shape these stories not only bring us out of our stillness, but also make us smile and help us to notice new things to ponder about.

  • Issue Year: 2022
  • Issue No: 07
  • Page Range: 56-59
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Hungarian
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