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The Essential Guide to Being Hungarian

50 Facts & Facets of Nationhood

By Istvan Bori

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Format: Paperback, 198 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 July 2012
What is it to be Hungarian? What does it feel like? Most Hungarians are convinced that the rest of the world just doesn't get them. But Hungarians do often seem to be living proof of the old joke that Magyars are in fact Martians: they may be situated in the very heart of Europe, but they are equipped with a confounding language, extraterrestrial (albeit endearing) accents, and an unearthly way of thinking. What most Hungarians learn from life about the Magyar mind is now available, for the first time, in this user-friendly guide.

About the Author

Istvan Bori, who holds degrees in geography and history from the University of Szeged, has taught since 1995 at the Balint Balassi Institute in Budapest, Hungary, where he helped establish the Hungarian Studies Division. His specialties are twentieth-century Hungarian economic history and social geography. The author lives in Budapest.

Reviews

"A useful and entertaining appetizer for those who are interested in the past and present of Hungary and the Hungarians."--Paul Lendvai, author of The Hungarians"An anthology of well-written, witty, and self-critical pieces, reviving national stereotypes in tasteful, if not always PC humor. . . . Like the entries of an encyclopedia, each chapter initiates the reader into a facet of Hungarian life that is more or less obvious to Hungarians, but probably either unknown to or misunderstood by foreigners."--Daniel Danyi, Hungarian Literature Online "Short and to-the-point snippets of Hungarian culture and history are to be found in The Essential Guide to Being Hungarian. A quick, often humorous look at what being Hungarian is all about, this book will be appreciated by family or friends of Hungarian descent who could stand to know us better, and it is an excellent source of facts for those who aren't Hungarian but long to join us."--Imre Lendvai-Lintner, President of the Hungarian Scout Association Abroad

EAN: 9780982578100
ISBN: 0982578105
Publisher: New Europe Books
Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.6 centimeters (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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