Confessions of an Original Sinner

John Lukacs, Author George Weidenfeld & Nicholson $0 (0p) ISBN 978-1-55584-143-0
A ``European Catholic in America,'' Lukacs is a Hungarian-born historian ( Budapest 1900 ) who has taught in Pennsylvania for 40 years. Believing that he is living during the end of an age, he explores the development of his ``unoriginal, bourgeois, reactionary'' thoughts, beliefs and convictions. In this personal history, he describes falling in love in wartime Budapest, two happy marriages and experiences as a teacher, writer and country dweller. Discussing the differences in outlook in Europe and America, this former anti-Communist, now an ``anti-anti,'' is a critic of liberal and leftist intellectuals, whom he regards as intolerant adherents of a ``corroding pessimism.'' Lukacs also takes to task American conservatives, who he feels possess their own ``particularly dangerous and immoral inclinations'' and find ``a strange and particular appeal'' in ``inhuman technology and nuclear `power.' '' There is fodder here in plenty to antagonize and stimulate all political persuasions. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/01/1989
Release date: 11/01/1989
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