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Ambiguous space: Ádám Bodor’s Sinistra District
Ambiguous space: Ádám Bodor’s Sinistra District

Author(s): BORBÁLA ZSUZSANNA TÖRÖK
Subject(s): Hungarian Literature, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, History of Communism, Cold-War History, Theory of Literature
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: symbolic geography; history of Transylvania; nationalism; Cold War;

Summary/Abstract: In the first decade after the collapse of state communism, Transylvania-born Ádám Bodor’s novel Sinistra District has been praised as one of the most accomplished allegories about Ceaupescu’s totalitarian regime. Reread today, the novel reveals its virtue as a historiographical reflection of much larger time-span. Looking at the “natural history” and ethnography of Sinistra District, the author draws parallels with Transylvanian regional historiographies, from the Enlightenment to the 20th century, including references to the local lore.

  • Issue Year: 22/2008
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 169-181
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English