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Douwe Draaisma

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300207286

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300207286.001.0001

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The Memory of the Esterházys

The Memory of the Esterházys

(p.179) Chapter Ten The Memory of the Esterházys

Douwe Draaisma

, Liz Waters
Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the work of Hungarian novelist and essayist Péter Esterházy. In 2000 he published Celestial Harmonies (Harmonia Caelestis), a novel he had been working on for almost 10 years. Celestial Harmonies consists of two “books.” Book I is a lively chronicle of the Esterházy family. Book II is a monument to Péter's father, Mátyás Esterházy. The chapter then describes Revised Edition, which Esterházy wrote after discovering that his father worked as an informant when prominent intellectuals, politicians, artists and members of the former aristocracy were being imprisoned or executed in the wake of the Hungarian Revolution. The discovery of his father's treachery changed and irreparably harmed some of Péter's most precious memories.

Keywords:   memory, Péter Esterházy, Celestial Harmonies, Mátyás Esterházy, Revised Edition

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