Monday, 19 November 2012


And what András Pető felt

In a blog posting today Ralph Strzałkowski looks back at his childhood at the Pető Institute in Budapest, and speculates how the routine that he experienced there contributes even now to how he thinks, and feels and lives –
Ralph expresses himself as rather ambiguous towards what he experienced as a boy in this respect, and how he is now as an adult, and he may or may not be surprised that András Pető too appeared to have contradictory feelings about this. Indeed, András Pető had other contradictory feelings about his life in Budapest. In English translation, one of András Pető's little verses begins –

I rebel against drudgery – and indulge in it.
I rebel against aggression – and obey.
I do not want to be impaled upon the martyr's stake
And I dread the dungeon's abyss.
I do not want to be a hero for belief
Or a hero in war,
I honour only commonplace martyrs... [continues]

Risky sentiments to commit to paper at that time and in that place. To read the rest of this poem, and to see some more of his revealing and sometimes bitterly sad poetry, see pages 153-160 of the recent collection András Pető for English translations, and pages 259-267 for facsimiles of their German originals.


Maguire, G., Sutton, A. (eds) (2012) András Pető, Birmingham, Conductive Education Press

Strzałkowski, R. (2012) Routine, Lawyer on Wheels, 19 November



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