Item #16241 Budapest: Portrait of a City Between East and West. Victor Sebestyen.
Budapest: Portrait of a City Between East and West

Budapest: Portrait of a City Between East and West

NY: Pantheon, 2023. 1st Edition. Hardcover_cloth. FIRST PRINTING WITH DJ IN MYLAR. Physical Info: 1.6" H x 9.3" L x 6.4" W (1.6 lbs) 432 pages. Features: Bibliography, Illustrated, Index, Maps, Price on Product, Table of Contents, Sewn binding. Secure ship w/track #. New / New. Item #16241
ISBN: 0593317564

Victor Sebestyen has written a sweeping, colorful and immersive history of the capital of Hungary, from the fifth century to the present day: a metropolis whose location in Europe has marked it as a crucial city--at times rich and prosperous, at times enduring unbearable hardship. It has stood at the center of the world-changing historical developments for hundreds of years: the Muslim invasion, The Reformation, both World Wars, fascism, the Holocaust and Communism. Sebestyen mixes colorful details and anecdotes about the people, streets and neighborhoods of his hometown with its rich cultural legacy of literature, music, and architecture. He shows how its people have shifted culturally, politically and emotionally between East and West, through many revolutions, bloody battles, uprisings, and wars of conquest won and lost. He vividly brings to life the many rulers: the ruthless early Magyar, Hun, and Mongol chieftains, celebrated medieval kings and princes, Ottoman Turks, and the Hapsburgs, including the beloved Empress Elisabeth ("Sisi"). We also learn about colorful figures in politics, the arts and the sciences, among them Theodor Herzl, father of modern political Zionism; film pioneer Alexander Korda who held court with the director of Casablanca, Michael Curtiz, young reporter Billy Wilder, and photographer Robert Capa in the glamorous New York Café still going today; Edward Teller, inventor of the H bomb; and Countess Elisabeth Báthory, a cousin of the King of Poland, who became a serial killer, among many others.

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