In This Review

By George Konrád
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984, 243 pp

A noted Hungarian novelist, who is also a political philosopher of sorts, writes in arresting terms on world politics and on the destiny of his own country and of Europe. His bête noire is the "Yalta system" of the division of Europe, which he hopes, with wishful logic, the superpowers and the Europeans will have the vision to end. His hope for greater democracy and self-government in Eastern Europe rests on the ability of the intelligentsia and the civil society to increase their influence over the holders of political power-hence, the "antipolitics" of the title. Konrád is partial to broad dicta, many of them unproven or unprovable, but his message is honest, stimulating, and keenly perceptive.