Current Culture in Central Europe
- I ran across a book review of a Hungarian bestseller now in English.
This promises to be a hilarious ride through the recent changes in
East European culture and values, with some vivid colors of faith,
commercialism and exploitation tossed in. A Hungarian bestseller
called To Err Is Divine by Ággota Bozai
Reviewed in the Christian Science Monitor at:
"One of the most surprising is a Hungarian bestseller called To Err
Is Divine, originally published as Tranzit Glórria. The novel, by
Ággota Bozai, isn't interested in the validity of spiritual healing
per se, but this distinctly East European satire raises provocative
questions about the way modern culture attempts to thwart or
appropriate nontraditional methods of healing."
"Much of Bozai's acerbic satire here is directed at East European
politicians who have made the transition from venal communism to
exploitative capitalism with impressive ease."
"..she remains just as modest and punctilious as ever, a vast
structure of marketing campaigns, New Age theories, legal rules,
insurance regulations, and financing scams springs up to exploit her
This book sounds too good to pass up for any of us with interest in
current affairs in the region.
"To Err Is Divine" by Ággota Bozai, Counterpoint Press, 2004.