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Szász, István

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Népszava - Hungary | 06/06/2013

Hungary defenceless against flood of the century

According to forecasts the crest of the flood waters on the Danube will reach Budapest on Monday. In view of the expected "one-hundred-year flood", the left-leaning daily Népszava points out that the protective embankments along the Hungarian stretch of the Danube may not prove sufficient: "This year the Danube water levels could break records set centuries ago. ... Hungary lies deeper than its neighbours. That means that because of its geographic location, every flood entails serious dangers. The dams along the Danube have stood up to many a flood, but we can't count on them holding up this time around. ... Is it true that the Hungarian governments have disregarded the warnings of our world-famous hydrologists? Yes, it is. We have long been lagging behind with the construction and fortification of our protective embankments."

Népszava - Hungary | 20/10/2008

Was Milan Kundera a spy?

The Czech-born, Paris-based author Milan Kundera allegedly reported an opponent of the communist regime to the police in Czechoslovakia in 1950. In the left-wing newspaper Népszava, István Szász writes about Kundera's work. "Betrayal, spying and collaboration with those in power are as much a central theme of Kundera's literary work as intellectual and moral opposition to power. By this I by no means intend to suggest that the emotional burden of the mistakes of his youth have accompanied Kundera his whole life long, and that this is why he made them the main theme of his books. There can be no question of that. What I mean to say is that the opposition between the individual and power and the conflict between the free spirit and an environment that denies freedom were existential experiences for Kundera. ... I believe that despite this dark story [of spying], of which we will probably never learn whether it was true or false, Milan Kundera remains one of the great writers of our times who was able to depict the absurdity of that [communist] era in such a way that he literally wrote himself into his novels and it was only there that he could find freedom."

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