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Móricz Zsigmond
(1879–1942)

Biography

IT is a generally accepted view in Marxist literary scholarship that Móricz is the most significant prose writer his native country has ever produced. The explanation for this unreserved praise is complex, but the main factor in the gradual formation of the view lies in the development of the Hungarian novel since the latter part of the nineteenth century, a development which was characterized by the overlong survival of Romantic illusions in Jókaiesque fiction and by the lack of a truly epic, and at the same time realistic, portrayal of Hungarian society―in spite of numerous ambitious attempts at a valid representation of society as a whole. To be sure, remarkable novels, mainly about the decay of the gentry, were written not only by Mikszáth but by other authors as well. However, the long-awaited ‘realistic’ masterpiece-whatever the loosely applied term of Realism means―had never been produced...

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