A NEW INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER IN THE MAKING
A son’s investigation of his mother’s past that brings up incurable pains, nightmarish lies and undestroyable love.
The news came like a bomb. In the autumn of 2015, András Forgách published his most recent literary work in which he presents a troubling personal story. Challenging the border between fact and ction, the author tells the story of how, almost thirty years after the fall of communism in Hungary, he found out that his mother, whom he deeply loved, had been an informant for the Kádár regime and had informed not only on acquaintances, but also on relatives, family friends and even her children.
In the social sciences, numerous articles and books have been written on the activities and roles of the informants of the socialist era, which is still a subject that is only rarely spoken about openly in Hungary. But apart from Péter Esterházy’s Javított kiadás (“Corrected edition”), no literary work on this matter has been published in the country until now. Time and time again, calls are made in various public forums for a sincere discussion on the mechanisms of the secret service under János Kádár, including the roles of the informants, the processes of recruitment, and the ways in which people were kept under observation. In short, there is a strong desire for an open discussion of the past, because the Hungarian society has not yet managed to deal with such a trauma, which has deeply touched the lives of many people in the country. The enthusiastic reception for András Forgách’s book is a moving testimony of this desire to confront the past.
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András Forgách: NO LIVE FILES REMAIN
“Élő kötet nem marad”, Jelenkor kiadó, 2015
248 PAGES, HARDCOVER, with a distinctive jacket
Bence Sárközy, Sárközy&Co. Literary Agency