Annoying Compulsion of the Reality
This essay examines the question of reality in contemporary Hungarian literature, as well as the possibilities of its interpretation in the past and the present. The main dilemma is of Péter Esterházy, confronting his cancer diagnosis and the revelation that his father was an informant of the state socialist regime. As a postmodern author, he deconstructed and side-lined the notion of reality, but as a son and as a mortally ill person he had to experience its full force. This essay tries to illustrate these two positions, the postmodern-esthetical and the experimental-ethical, and their consequences.