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Painting the Town Red: Politics and the Arts During the 1919 Hungarian Soviet Republic
by Bob Dent
Pluto Press, 2018
Paper: 978-0-7453-3776-0 | Cloth: 978-0-7453-3777-7

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In 1919, in the wake of World War I, for a brief period Hungary was a Soviet Republic. The republic didn’t last, but the incredible effusion of art, music, film, theater, and literature that it generated did. Painting the Town Red offers an in-depth exploration of the incredible artistic flourishing brought about by the 1919 republic, showing how art and politics were intertwined—and how, for a brief time, artists saw themselves as playing a crucial part in the establishment of a new way of living and governing. Through close analyses of the works of a number of creators and a careful recounting of the history and politics of the 1919 republic, Bob Dent brings a largely forgotten moment back to life, with all its glory and, ultimately, disillusion.
 

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