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András Körner

A Reluctant Jew: Essays and Stories

Book Launch: A Conversation with the Author

November 15, 2013


Moderator: Júlia Váradi. Reading by: Tamás Fodor


“According to Aldous Huxley, ‘the essay belongs to a literary species whose extreme variability can be studied most effectively within a three-poled frame of reference:’ the personal/autobiographical, the objective/factual, and the abstract/universal. There are various blends of these approaches. The essays in my book are mostly dominated by the personal approach, but this is typically interspersed with passages of the other two sorts.


All of them focus on aspects of a central theme: the twists and turns in the evolution of my Jewish identity, and the things that influenced it. From growing to adulthood in Budapest to making my home in New York for the past forty-five years, the awareness of my Jewish origins has always played an important part in my life. In these writings I attempt to interpret and decode these aspects of my personal experience in the hope of illuminating those implications that I think are relevant to all of us.”


András Körner

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