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The author of the book: Imre Madách
Edition: Szépirodalmi Könyvkiadó
Date of issue: 1986
ISBN 13: 9789631531398
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 23.62 MB
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Although considered one of the hallmarks of Hungarian literature, Imre Madách's The Tragedy of Man is virtually unknown in the West (or the East for that matter). Imagine a work resembling Milton's Paradise Lost and Goethe's and Marlowe's recounting of the Faust legend. Adam and Eve have been cast out of Paradise. Instead of slinking away as he does in Genesis, Lucifer takes Adam through different periods of history, and even into a Fourierist future in which everyone lives in Phalansteries run by scientists -- and even beyond into the wastes of outer space.
Adam always has hope that somewhere there is a future that gives life meaning. Lucifer's role is to constantly dash Adam's hopes into the dust. In the end, Lucifer wafts Adam back to his hut where he lives with Eve outside of Eden; and God puts in a minatory appearance, warning Adam that some knowledge is not appropriate for him. But isn't that why Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit?
Madách's work is given me a lot to think about. It is on one hand a dark work, and on the other a splendid one that celebrates the quest of man for meaning in his life.
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Read information about the authorImre Madách de Sztregova et de Kelecsény was a Hungarian writer, poet, lawyer and politician. His major work is The Tragedy of Man (Az ember tragédiája, 1861). It is a dramatic poem approximately 4000 lines long, which elaborates on ideas comparable to Goethe's Faust. The author was encouraged and advised by János Arany, one of the most famous of 19th century Hungarian poets.
He was born in Alsósztregova, the Kingdom of Hungary (today Dolná Strehová, Slovakia) in 1823. The Madách family was able to trace their descent as far back as the 12th century; with a medieval knight, a Turk-beating hero and a Kuruc officer recorded down the line of the family tree. But a poet was also remembered; Gáspár Madách from the 17th century. And the ties of kindred could be traced to Miklós Zrínyi, the poet and soldier.
From 1829 Madách studied at the Piarist school of Vác. During a cholera epidemic he stayed in Buda in 1831. In 1837 he began his studies at the university of Pest. In 1842 he officially becomes a lawyer. In 1860 he finished working on the "The Tragedy of Man". He died in Alsósztregova, the Kingdom of Hungary in 1864.
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