…Until a year ago, again I was about to enter the mystical world of the book, I did not think much about what kind of books to read, i.e. what topics. It was enough for me to see the book, to take it in my hand, look at the cover, read the introduction and the page preview, and so I was about to start reading.

And so it was, on one late autumn afternoon one book came in my hands, for me at that moment a nasty book, white corsets, a hard tie, with some 200 pages. I got the book for free, as you know it, libraries have the habit of occasionally clearing their outdated warehouses from older and rarely used books and giving them to their members and visitors of their space. So I found this book in the cardboard box of Vladimir Nazor’s Library at Vodovodna 3 in Zagreb (which is one of the oldest libraries in Trešnjevka, a big neighborhood in the city of Zagreb).

The book was called “People” and was written by a notorious Hungarian writer and political narrator Pavao Szabo (Hungarian Pál Szabó). Szabo was one of those peasants’ writers, who were mostly self-taught person. So he wrote his first published book only in his 37th year (1930.). The book was proclaimed at one time as one of the best tales written by some uneducated peasant, as people from the village often wrote short and simple stories that were not abundant with a broad vocabulary and proper grammar. All except this.

In short, the story revolves around a character, a young peasant who is tired of life in his village and all the suffering that follows every peasant, so he tries to leave his homeland, further to the “white world”. But fate is playing with him, and instead of leaving, he finds a job of a postman in a nearby town where he meets the wife of the mail owner. Then he goes to the battlefield, as the world war one begins. And while his young life is slowly “perishing” in the ditches of Italians and Russians, his suspects go through the greatest suffering; the youngest men are killed in the war, the property is confiscated by the army, they pay heavy taxes on the emperor and the army, etc. I leave the rest of the story to read to you.

In any case, it is an exceptional work, written very professionally with a quality schedule and a recount of events. The part you will not separate until you read it completely.

You can borrow this book in most libraries.

You can read more about author on the pages of hungarian Wikipedia:


Of course, the whole page text is best translated from Hungarian to English (using Google Translator).