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Remains of SocialismMemory and the Futures of the Past in Postsocialist Hungary$
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Maya Nadkarni

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501750175

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501750175.001.0001

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Secrets, Inheritance, and a Generation’s Remains

Secrets, Inheritance, and a Generation’s Remains

(p.138) 5 Secrets, Inheritance, and a Generation’s Remains
Remains of Socialism

Maya Nadkarni

Cornell University Press

This chapter demonstrates how the rhetoric of communist terror and the danger of its return would soon extend past party politics to encompass intimate friendships and family relationships. It discusses the problem of the communist regime's informers that inspired public debate in the second decade of postsocialism. The chapter also analyzes the call to accountability as a matter of generational inheritance, in which Hungary's cultural “children” reconceptualized the problem of socialism's remains as not only the challenge of banishing the past, but the fear of reproducing it in the future. It looks at one of the crucial ways the conflicts took shape through the charged idiom of family and generational conflict and whether that entailed betrayal by cultural elders or actual parent. The works of celebrated filmmaker István Szabó and novelist Péter Esterházy are also mentioned in the chapter.

Keywords:   communist terror, communist regime, postsocialism, socialism, generational conflict, István Szabó, Péter Esterházy

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