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Product details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141193204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141193205
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A man whose moral compass in all the great questions of the twentieth century has never deviated from the correct direction, no matter what the cost to himself (Telegraph)

Confronts the monoliths of 20th century totalitarianism and, surprisingly, triumphs. (London Review of Books)

[The series] sheds remarkable light on the literature, culture and politics of the region...anyone coming fresh to the field will be captivated by the richness, variety, humour and pathos of a classic literature that, through a shared historical experience, transcends national and linguistic boundaries. (CJ Schüler Independent on Sunday)

This [series] is a wonderful idea ... They are absurdist parables, by turns hilarious, unsettling and enigmatic. (Nicholas Lezard Guardian)

I urge you to go and read them. (Adam Thirlwell New Statesman)

This new series of Central European Classics is important well beyond simply providing 'good reads'. (Stephen Vizinczey Daily Telegraph)

About the Author

György Faludy (1910-2006) was raised and died in Hungary but spent much of his long life in various forms of exile. A poet and translator, Faludy was imprisoned by the Communist authorities in post-war Hungary where he was subjected to the most terrible treatment. My Happy Days in Hell takes these experiences and makes them into an extraordinary and highly enjoyable work of art.


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This unclassifiable book is both an autobiography and a novel. Much seems re-imagined from memory but the overall effect is of devastating truthfulness.

Faludi made no attempt in this book to conceal his own enormous ego but it was this, translated into a life force, and his inner strength which got him through the most appalling experiences... and gave him some of his greatest pleasures.
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It has been said that Faludy is the man we would all like to be. While that may be an exaggeration, his remarkable life story, or at least the first half of it, as he lived for 50 years after writing this autobiography, is inspiring and uplifting. I recommend this book to anyone. It is a pity that the sequel to this autobiography has apparently never been translated into English.
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The life of a Hungarian who went through hard times approaching WWII with humour! For those with a strong constitution as parts of it are sad but a valuable book which I was glad I read to take on board the life of some.
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Excellent Book, beautifully written and great translation. You can tell it was written by a poet.
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This must be one of the most extraordinary and astonishing works of literature in the world. Faludy's memoir is jaw-dropping in its honesty (perhaps), its erudition and its scope.
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