(Open) Letter to Miklós Radnóti’s wife Cover Image

(Nyílt) Levél Radnóti Miklós feleségének
(Open) Letter to Miklós Radnóti’s wife

Author(s): János Kőbányai
Subject(s): Jewish studies
Published by: Múlt és Jövő

Summary/Abstract: Miklós Radnóti’s fate, as well as the canonization and mythologization of his oeuvre, have led to ever renewed painful and contradictory questions, far more than about any other author or work, so that in relation to him any assertion is a simplification. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the author’s birth in this issue of our journal we endeavour to address this enormous and what one might be called evangelical life. There is only one fact that we can know for sure: that we have much in common with his fate and his example not only in human terms, but as Hungarians, as Jews, as Hungarian Jews, and, in our case also as a Jewish cultural journal. It is in relation to this undertaking that the chief editor of Múlt és Jövô wrote an open letter to Miklós Radnóti’s widow - the muse of Hungarian poetry - asking her to change her stand and allow her husband’s verses to appear in the pages of a Jewish journal on this occasion of the special centennial issue in his honor. But why should we lament that ultimately in this issue, which has been put together with so much caring, in place of Miklós Radnóti’s poems, only their titles can appear.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 7-12
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Hungarian