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Az ember tragédiája

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A literary work by the Hungarian author Imre Madách, first published in 1861. A play composed in verse, it is today a staple of Hungarian theater and has been translated and adapted into many languages and media. The play follows Adam and Eve as they appear in various guises in episodes throughout history and grow in self-awareness and wisdom.
Paperback, 234 pages
Published 1986 by Szépirodalmi Könyvkiadó (first published 1860)
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Although considered one of the hallmarks of Hungarian literature, Imre Madách's The Tragedy of Man is virtually unknown in the West (or the East for that matter). Imagine a work resembling Milton's Paradise Lost and Goethe's and Marlowe's recounting of the Faust legend. Adam and Eve have been cast out of Paradise. Instead of slinking away as he does in Genesis, Lucifer takes Adam through different periods of history, and even into a Fourierist future in which everyone lives in Phalansteries run ...more
Jc Er
Magnificent poetry from Hungarian's most famous 19th century poet, Imre Madach. This is heavy literature is steep in theology, history and philosophy. God, Adam, Satan and Eve are the main characters. After the fall of Adam and Eve when they ate the apple, Satan took Adam on a time travel to visit men's future (our history now) to see what will come to be. Instead of being a bystander, Adam took on important historical figures like a pharaoh in Egypt, a Roman General, a knight crusader, Kepler t ...more

So after all these trials you still believe
That these new battles may not be so useless?
That you will reach your goal? Only humanity
Could remain so incorrigibly childish.


I'm quite untempted by that foolish prospect,
I know that I will fail and fail again
And I don't care. What other goal is there?
It is the end of an honourable contest,
The goal is death, but life consists of struggle,
The struggle in itself must be the goal.

„Ádám a teremtés óta folyvást csak más és más alakban jelent meg, de alapjában ugyanazon gyarló féreg maradt a még gyarlóbb Évával oldalán.” – Madách Imre

Ha megkérdezik tőlem, hogy melyik volt a kedvenc kötelezőm, akkor egyből rávágom, hogy Az ember tragédiája. Sajnos csupán maroknyi ismerősöm érti meg, hiszen olvasta és szintén szerette – a legtöbben hasonló ellenszenvvel viseltetnek iránta, mint általában a kötelezők iránt. Muszáj könyv, jah, muszáj utálni!

Titok – a kedvenc részem az, amikor a
Chiek Er
Perhaps the greatest poem ever written. Steep in theology, history and philosophy, this beautiful poem is my first book by an Hungarian author. Thanks to my colleague Attila for introducing this piece of priceless literature. The breath and scope of the tale stretches from Alpha to Omega, planet earth to outer space. With God, Lucifer, Adam and Eve as the central characters in the book, To get a taste of the future, Lucifer, Adam and Eve would travel through time to different epochs of history, ...more
A Hungarian Paradise Lost. Quite thought-provoking!

From a critique at the end of the work by Mihaly Szegedy-Maszak:
"The message of Madach [seems to be:] that unqualified faith in any system of ideas is self-destructive. . . . Unless we are content with existing on the level of animals or automata, we must strive to be independent of the ruling opinions of the time and should not fear to enter into the most hostile relationship with the existing order, because fate will never take us from the res
Szani Petrik
One word: AMAZING. One of my favourites!
David Koblos
In this monumental play Madách takes his protagonist Adam from the Fall through all the major epochs and settings of history, including Egypt, Athens, Constantinople, Prague, and London all the way to futuristic utopias, to experience the major philosophical, social, political and existential struggles of humanity. While each surrounding situation presents different types of challenges, the constant struggle is always based on the ever present conflict of the human experience. A true masterpiece ...more
One of the few set texts I read for school. A powerful and monumental play, somewhat similar to Milton's Paradise Lost. Adam and Eve, cast out from Paradise, are led by Lucifer through various moments of humanity's history, to learn whether human existence has a meaning and purpose. While their hopes are crushed in each scene, they never cease dreaming about and fighting for a better future.
Sep 12, 2011 Valerie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This was mentioned in The Making of the Atomic Bomb, and because, somewhere hidden in these piles of math books, and papers to grade, and laundry, there is a degree in comparative literature (specializing in long poems no one else has read), I have decided that I simply must read this.
A wonderful journey through philosophy and history. Questioning mankind's purpose in the world, and actually answering it. Madách is a genius, I loved this book.
Mar 02, 2015 Balazs rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mofos in 9th grade, suicidal emo kids, Barack Obama
Recommended to Balazs by: Lucifer
This book is about a man with manic-depressive disorder and severe schizophrenia. He wants to commit suicide, but her wife is pregnant and he decides not to.
Vivien Kurucz
Probably for the first time in my life am I proud of the Hungarian literature.
Chuck LoPresti
Stunning epic poem. Not difficult but dense and well executed. More soon...
Although I had to read this for school it is a good read.
i would advise to read it in hungarian original.
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Imre Madách de Sztregova et de Kelecsény was a Hungarian writer, poet, lawyer and politician. His major work is The Tragedy of Man (Az ember tragédiája, 1861). It is a dramatic poem approximately 4000 lines long, which elaborates on ideas comparable to Goethe's Faust. The author was encouraged and advised by János Arany, one of the most famous of 19th century Hungarian poets.

He was born in Alsószt
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Az ember tragédiája / A civilizátor The Tragedy Of Man: Essays About The Ideas And The Directing Of The Drama Madách Imre Válogatott Művei Tragedia Człowieka Mózes

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