BÜRGERSTADT UND STADTFIKTION IN SÁNDOR MÁRAIS ROMANZYKLUS „A GARRENEK MŰVE“
The bourgeois city and fiction of urbanism in Sándor Márai's novel sequence ”A Garrenek műve“
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The paper discusses Sándor Márai’s cultural concept of the bourgeois from a specific angle. Represented by the author’s native town of Košice and carrying an inherent tendency toward fictionalization, Márai’s idealized concept of the bourgeois city appears as a central issue of his novel series A Garrenek műve (The Garrens’ Work), often considered as a kind of epopee of the Hungarian bourgeoisie. The paper concentrates on the first volume, Zendülők (The Rebels), written in 1930, and focuses on the work’s fictional topology, which is governed by the conceptual metaphor city as body, and the concept of theatricality underlying the strategies of narrative representation. In conclusion, it raises the question of whether a culture, in Márai’s view, can possess any efficient means to interpret itself in a way that is not given over to parodist tendencies.
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