Júlia Vallasek Department of Journalism and Digital Media, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

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One characteristic of fiction is its ability to shape collective knowledge of the past, to create images of the past that can persist for generations – and as a consequence, for generations without direct experience, these images embody the past. In my study, I seek to answer the question how the memory of the transitions of power that ended the First World War is represented in contemporary Hungarian novels (published after 2000), and what other concepts are linked to the notion of the Treaty of Trianon. In the novels of Barbara Bauer, Zsuzsa Selyem, Magda Szabó, Andrea Tompa, János Térey and Gábor Vida, the theme is conveyed with different approaches, a varying significance, in a prose language that is distinctly different in each case, but at the same time is integral to the individual oeuvre of each author.

  • Ablonczy, B. (2015). Trianon-legendák, (Legends of Trianon). Jaffa, Budapest, p. 15.

  • Assmann, J. (1999). A kulturális emlékezet, (The cultural memory). Atlantisz, Budapest.

  • Bauer, B. (2017). Porlik, mint a szikla (Crumbles Like a rock). Jaffa, Budapest.

  • Ehriander, H. (2015). Chick lit in historical settings by Frida Skybäck. Journal of Popular Romance Studies, 8.

  • Gyáni, G. (2012). Nemzet, kollektív emlékezet és public history, (Nation, collective memory and public history). Történelmi Szemle, 3: 369.

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  • György, P. (2013). Állatkert Kolozsváron. Képzelt Erdély. (A zoo at Cluj. The imagined Transylvania). Magvető, Budapest.

  • Kovács, É. (2010). ‘Trianon és a történelmi emlékezet’, (‘Trianon and the historical memory’). Limes, 4: 51.

  • Körössi, P.J. (Ed.) (2002). A röpülő falu. Magyar írók Trianon novellái (The flying village. Short stories on Trianon by Hungarian writers). Noran, Budapest.

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  • Nora, P. (1999). ‘Emlékezet és történelem között. A helyek problematikája’ (‘Between memory and history. Les Lieux de Mémoire’). Aetas, 3: 142157.

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  • Selyem, Zs. (2016). Moszkvában esik (It's raining in Moscow). Jelenkor, Budapest.

  • Szabó, M. (2002). Für Elise. Európa, Budapest.

  • Tompa, A. (2013). Fejtől s lábtól. Kettő orvos Erdélyben. (Head to Toe. Two Doctors in Translvania). Kalligram, Bratislava.

  • Térey, J. (2018). Káli holtak (The dead of Kál). Jelenkor, Budapest.

  • Vida, G. (2013). Ahol az ő lelke (Where his soul is). Magvető Kiadó, Budapest.

  • Závada, P. (1997). Jadviga párnája (Jadviga's pillow). Magvető Kiadó, Budapest.

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