Grenzgänger/ Grenzdenker: Who is afraid of Viktor Orbán?

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Zsófia Bán and György Dalos in conversation with Martin Pollack

Continuing on from Kakanien – New Homelands, a new series of talks entitled Grenzgänger/Grenzdenker (cross-border travellers/thinkers) examines the growing sense of crisis and insecurity in Europe. The series is curated by internationally renowned Austrian historian, literary translator and author Martin Pollack.
The free people of Europe have been watching developments in Hungary with growing concern. Under the rule of right-wing populist Viktor Orbán, a rift has opened up between the country and the rest of the continent. Orbán’s continual moves towards a more authoritarian model of state and society are deeply troubling. Not least, because in doing so he deliberately draws on the events of the past.

Is Hungary on its own particular path or descent into madness? Or has it become a threatening role model that is already finding imitators across the rest of Europe?
These developments have not encountered much resistance in Hungary. The opposition is fragmented and powerless, and so far there has not been widespread protest, with the exception of a few demonstrations. Where are the intellectuals, who showed such courage under communist rule? How have writers and artists responded? We will explore this subject with two prominent Hungarian writers, Zsófia Bán and György Dalos, who offer clear insight and criticism in their different approaches to examining developments in Hungary.

Before the talk, which will be moderated by Martin Pollack, actors from the Burgtheater in Vienna will read aloud texts by the authors.

4 March 2015, 8 pm
Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz
Schwarzenbergplatz 1, 1010 Vienna

A 10% ticket discount is offered to Erste Bank card holders. (only available when tickets are purchased at the box office at the Burgtheater or at the evening box office at the Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz on the day of the event).

A cooperation with Burgtheater and Die Presse daily.
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