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No Matter Where I am, I See the Danube: Autobiography

No Matter Where I am, I See the Danube: Autobiography (Hardback)

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Born to a prosperous family in 1930s Hungary, Dr Tom KABDEBO was a schoolboy in the post-war Stalin years when ten percent of Hungarian men (including his father and uncle) were sentenced to prison and to the loss of all possessions. To pay for his education, and to help support his stepmother and siblings, he worked at labouring jobs, including underground in a coal mine where the temperature was 40 C. In 1956, as a student in Budapest, he took part in the Hungarian Revolution - his diary of those few extraordinary days is reproduced in this book. Because of his involvement, he had to flee the country, along with 200,000 others. The book includes a Foreword by Arpad Goncz, President of Hungary 1990-2000, in which he writes of the author: 'He was rendered cosmopolitan by Hungarian history. His homeland was twice trodden by occupying armies, and as a consequence hundreds of thousands of its people were forced to flee their country, making their living elsewhere in the world. They were scholars, physical workers, artists, or, as it happens: writers, like Kabdebo, who had moved around the world, before finding Ireland, his real second home.

Ireland is a watchtower, wherefrom he could, perhaps, see his country more sharply than from nearby.'

BiographyBiography: generalAutobiography: general Publisher: Phaeton Publishing Limited Publication Date: 01/11/2011 ISBN-13: 9781908420046  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Dr Thomas Kabdebo is the author of more than forty books, the translator of a further forty books, and has received numerous literary and other awards - including the Hungarian Order of Merit, the Peterfy Life Achievement Award, the Fust Grand Prix for translation, and the International Poetry Prize. Born in Budapest in 1934, he escaped to the West from his native Hungary after participation in the 1956 Revolution. He has lived in Britain (where he directed the University Library of Westminster), in Guyana (where he directed the University Library of Georgetown), and finally settled in Ireland, where he became Director of Maynooth University Library. He now lives in Newcastle, County Dublin. ' - As a youngster he lived through two regime changes in Hungary, plus an imprisonment, and a revolution, and the loss of his first home. - '[ - Arpad Goncz, President of Hungary 1990-2000]. ' - For some years, Thomas Kabdebo was familiar to many as the librarian at Maynooth College. That was a settled state of life compared with his earlier years as recounted in this autobiography.'[ - Peter Costello, THE IRISH CATHOLIC JOURNAL].

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