A Voice from Central Europe

Pál Csáky

Ár: 2.000 Ft


AB-Art Kiadó, Ekecs
120 x 170 mm, kötött, 240 oldal
Kiadás éve: 2017
ISBN: 978-80-8087-229-8

Today, Europe needs more empathy. A psychological and spiritual rapprochement to counter discordant tendencies. More than ever, it is necessary to try to understand each other better, to understand each other’s history, way of thinking, problems, and priorities. To become familiar with historical events, which have influenced our way of thinking, our reactions and our views up to the present day. One of the underestimated elements of the 20th century history is the diverging social development of Eastern and Western Europe between 1945 and 1990. This resulted in citizens being socialized in very different ways. The gaps caused by this, as well as so many other spiritual and emotional differences, must now be bridged by dialogue. This book aims to make a modest contribution to this necessary European dialogue. The author belongs to the autochthonous Hungarian minority community in Slovakia. His fate is that of a typical Eastern European intellectual dissident. Due to his parents’ opposition to the communist regime, he was not allowed to study humanities at a Slovakian university. This meant that to obtain his university degree, he was obliged to leave the country and study biochemistry in Bohemia. He was then an active biochemist for nine years, but, nonetheless, he kept in touch with dissidents in Hungary and Bohemia. Thus, in 1989, it was quite natural for him to take an active part in pressing for revolutionary changes. He then held a mandate in the Parliament of Slovakia for twenty years. Between 1998 and 2006, he was the Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic. Since 2014, he has been a Member of the European Parliament, and the Vice-Chair of the Committee on  Petitions. The present publication is the author 's 17th book. His books have been published in the Hungarian, Slovak and English languages.

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