What are the best Hungarian books of the 20th century?

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    Fatelessness is a cultural and a Hungarian literature book written by Imre Kertész. This fiction and a Holocaust-themed book was published on December 7, 2004 by Vintage International. It follows the story of Georg Koves.

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    Surabhi Patel
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Fatelessness is an excellent Hungarian book set in the time of the Holocaust. The book is based on a true account of a young man's struggle with what is happening to Jews in Auschwitz and the challenges presented within. "
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    #2Celestial Harmonies

    Celestial Harmonies

    Celestial Harmonies is a historical fiction from Hungary written by Péter Esterházy and was published on March 2, 2004 by Ecco. This cultural book revolves around conquest, tragedy, and triumph.


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    Kelly Meyer
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I found this book a bit difficult to get through. While I understood why the author wanted to include so much historical detail, I felt like the plot ended up getting bogged down. There are some important themes here, but I was incredibly bored by the end. I wish the characters and writing were more exciting and lively."
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    #3A Journey Round My Skull

    A Journey Round My Skull
    A Journey Round My Skull is a autobiography book written by Frigyes Karinthy, published on March 11, 2008 by NYRB Classics. This psychology-themed Hungarian literature followed the lifestory of Frigyes.

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    Brandon Hill
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Quite a fascinating account of the writer's life and struggles dealing with this brain ailment. It was a little hard for me to follow a few particular points because of what appears to be translation related issues, but none the less I was still able to gather the overall context of what was going on. I found that I liked it a bit more, than not."
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     László Krasznahorkai's Satantango, winner of the  2015 Man Booker International Prize, was the inspiration for the filmmaker Béla Tarr’s six-hour masterpiece. The book was published on March 5th, 2012 by New Directions. 


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    Christina Mendoza
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Coming from such a famous and inspirational Hungarian native, this book has to be popular among the community there and I'm sure it's reached others and touched so many lives."
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    #5Eclipse of the Crescent Moon

    Eclipse of the Crescent Moon

    Eclipse of the Crescent Moon is a classic cultural fiction book written by Géza Gárdonyi and was published in December 1991 by Corvina. This literature is a reference book for learning Hungarian history.


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    Charles Mills
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Eclipse of the Crescent Moon is one of the most recognized novel in Hungary. The story is set in the first half of the 16th century and covers a period of roughly 25 years. The main historical events that are addressed are the bloodless occupation of Buda, the seat of the Hungarian kings. It is a nice book to lean more about Hungarian history. "
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    #6A Book of Memories

    A Book of Memories

    A Book of Memories authored by Péter Nádas is a Hungarian literature with LGBT theme. This cultural book was published on October 1, 1998 by Penguin Books. This is a collection of three tales tackling the memories of Europe.


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    #7The Book of Fathers

    The Book of Fathers

    The Book of Fathers by Miklós Vámos is a historical fiction from Hungary published on October 13, 2009 by Other Press. This cultural fiction book follows the story of twelve generations of sons.


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    Linda Carpenter
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Such a great book! Very imaginative and creative. It tells an intriguing story of many generations of fathers and each of their stories. Really great read! "
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    #8Journey by Moonlight

    Journey by Moonlight

    Journey by Moonlight is a classic Hungarian literature written by Antal Szerb, published on January 1, 2001 by Pushkin Press. This cultural fiction book follows the funny story of a bourgeois.


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    Marcos Sierra
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I recently bought the book "Journey by Moonlight", and I really enjoyed reading it. It's a cultural fiction book that will make you passionate about it with its funny stories of a bourgeois. I suggest it to everyone!"
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    #9Casanova in Bolzano

    Casanova in Bolzano
    Casanova in Bolzano is a historical fiction book from Hungary written by  Sándor Márai and was published on November 8, 2005 by Vintage. This cultural book follows the story of Giacomo Casanova as he escapes from prison.

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    Wayne Carpenter
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "Insightful memoir about growing up. This Hungarian author provides an engaging narrative of their life and how it can disappoint. The moral of the story here is that you can't always get what you want."


Best What are the best Hungarian books of the 20th century
1FatelessnessBooks 29 Paid
2Celestial HarmoniesBooks 26 Paid
3A Journey Round My SkullBooks 26 Paid
4SatantangoBooks 24 Paid
5Eclipse of the Crescent MoonBooks 21 Paid
6A Book of MemoriesBooks 18 Paid
7The Book of FathersBooks 16 Paid
8Journey by MoonlightBooks 16 Paid
9Casanova in BolzanoBooks 14 Paid

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