44th National Táncház Festival & Fair • 4–6 April 2025
Starting page: 20
A short vignette by Móricz Zsigmond (1879-1942) a major Hungarian novelist and Social Realist. His novels expressed the lives of the Hungarian peasantry and dealt with issues of poverty. This is a story about visiting a relative in a tiny village someplace in today’s South Central Slovakia and an incident where the villagers beat up the village bar tender/owner –a Jew. The local bar owner happened to be the only one in the village who had read all of Móricz’s work and knew exactly who he was. “…those who lived without reading really suffered with the changing times…many of them lost everything….people are lost without deeper knowledge!" First published in Református Figyelő 1929 Dec. 21/republished by Athenaeum Kiadó, 2017.