The Tragedy of Man

The Tragedy of Man

Imre Madách / Dec 11, 2019

The Tragedy of Man A literary work by the Hungarian author Imre Mad ch first published in A play composed in verse it is today a staple of Hungarian theater and has been translated and adapted into many languages

  • Title: The Tragedy of Man
  • Author: Imre Madách
  • ISBN: 9789631345339
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • A literary work by the Hungarian author Imre Mad ch, 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.

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      • Imre Madách

        Imre Mad ch de Sztregova et de Kelecs ny was a Hungarian writer, poet, lawyer and politician His major work is The Tragedy of Man Az ember trag di ja, 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 J nos Arany, one of the most famous of 19th century Hungarian poets.He was born in Als sztregova, the Kingdom of Hungary today Doln Strehov , Slovakia in 1823 The Mad ch family was able to trace their descent as far back as the 12th century with a medieval knight, a Turk beating hero and a Kuruc officer recorded down the line of the family tree But a poet was also remembered G sp r Mad ch from the 17th century And the ties of kindred could be traced to Mikl s Zr nyi, the poet and soldier From 1829 Mad ch studied at the Piarist school of V c During a cholera epidemic he stayed in Buda in 1831 In 1837 he began his studies at the university of Pest In 1842 he officially becomes a lawyer In 1860 he finished working on the The Tragedy of Man He died in Als sztregova, the Kingdom of Hungary in 1864.


    1. 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 [...]

    2. LUCIFERSo after all these trials you still believeThat these new battles may not be so useless?That you will reach your goal? Only humanityCould remain so incorrigibly childishAMI'm quite untempted by that foolish prospect,I know that I will fail and fail againAnd 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.

    3. 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, [...]

    4. This book is about a man with manic-depressive disorder and severe schizophrenia. He wants to commit suicide, but his wife is pregnant and he decides not to. God is a douche. Lucifer is a total bro.

    5. An epic tale in a book of verseCompounded. Forbidden fruit incitedMorning Star to tell histories diverseOf pending doom, wrongs resting unrighted.Is Man's will free or ruled by cruel hap?To Imre Madach one must doff one's cap.

    6. When I think back to living in Hungary versus living in America, there is an odd reflection on the major theme in my life. The former place gave solution and the latter gives the problem to me.

    7. I am not sure what language I should write this review, but since most people understand english, english it is.I've read this book in high school for Hungarian literature class. In short it fallows Adam's path through big events of history to present and future, accompanied by Lucifer. Lucifer tries to prove Adam that life has no purpose, everyone will eventually die and no-one can make a difference. Lucifer shows Adam how great ideas are born, implemented in practice and become the opposite of [...]

    8. W podróży przez wieki Adama prowadzi Lucyfer, który ofiaruje człowiekowi dar największy - dar poznania. Nie daje mu książki, tylko pióro i papier, pozwalając na nowo stworzyć historię ludzkości. Nakładem Biura Literackiego, w 150. rocznicę śmierci autora, ukazała sie "Tragedia czlowieka" Imre Madacha w nowym tłumaczeniu Bohdana Zadury.Pierwszy człowiek zrezygnował z Boga z ciekawości. Chcąc doznać oświecenia, świadomie wyrzekł się edeńskiego dobrobytu i zaczął cierpi [...]

    9. Spoiler AlertFirst I'll say what I enjoyed about this book. I quite liked Lucifer, he was funny and clever. He was the one voice of reason in this story. That being said, I had trouble keeping with it when Lucifer's parts were minimal, Adam was a drag, and Eve was silenced just as much as any woman coming out of a book from this time. I enjoyed the imagery and was excited when I thought that Adam had died while floating in Space, unfortunately he was revived and able to drive the final nail into [...]

    10. 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 [...]

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

    12. 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 [...]

    13. 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 masterpiec [...]

    14. 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.

    15. eloszor is, nem konnyu olvasmany. sot. nekem kifejezetten megulte a gyomrom eloszor de aztan miutan feleltem belole elkezdtem olvasni es rakellett jonnom, hogy bar lehet nem konnyu, kifejezetten jo gondolatok vannak benne. es mostmar igy befejezve orulok neki, hogy elolvadtam. lehet nem az a sorsfordito konyv (legalabbis szamomra) de erdemes volt kicsit mas szemszogbol is nezni a dolgokat! :)

    16. The storyline was hard to follow and it was so challenging to read. I didn't understand most of the things, even though it was written in my native tongue. If it was written in a lighter form i probably would have enjoyed it a bit more. I'm glad i read it though, because it's considered as one of the greatest poems of hungarian history.

    17. 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.

    18. Az alaptörténet szerintem nagyon érdekes, tényleg tök jó ötlet, ahogy Lucifer végigvezeti Ádámot a történelmen, majd a jövőt is megmutatja neki. De az írásmód nekem nagyon nem jött be. :(

    19. 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.

    20. "Az akarat szabad. ()Csupán tőlem függ, útam másképpen vezetni."11 év alatt, magyar irodalmi alkotások közül az eddigi legjobb kötelező olvasmányunk.

    21. "Lucifer - Your punishment though, which will be eternal,Is ever to look on, and see your schemesOf ruination turn into the seedsOf all that is most beautiful and noble."

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