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Élet Egy Eszme Árnyékában
Élet Egy Eszme Árnyékában
By András Hegedüs
Zolton Zsille, 1985, 376 pp.

In a series of candid interviews taped in Vienna for broadcast to Hungary by Radio Free Europe, the former Stalinist prime minister (1955-1956) relates his uncommon political experiences. One gem: he signed the official document requesting Soviet help during the 1956 Hungarian revolt three days after being ousted as the country's prime minister. Hegedns has since grown to become an intellectual guru with Eurocommunist leanings, still living in Budapest and barely tolerated by the Kádár regime. Here, in this unique book of recollections and observations, he offers new material on recent Hungarian politics and Soviet-East European relations; but the main attraction is his seemingly unretouched portrayal of the intricacies and evolution of a communist political mind.