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“Images of Rózsa Ignácz” - exhibition

The exhibition Images of Rózsa Ignácz (Ignácz Rózsa arcai) presents a detailed picture of the life and work of the Hungarian author born in Covasna (Kovászna). The various stations in the diverse artistic activities of the writer are portrayed on tableaux.
We learn, first of all, that Hungarian writer, literary translator and actress Rózsa Ignácz came from an old Transylvanian Reformed family, the daughter of pastor László Ignácz and Margit Makkai. She was just nine when, at the request of the bishop, the family moved to Făgăraș (Fogaras). The experiences she acquired here defined the rest of her childhood and early adulthood as well as, later in life, her prose. She launched her career as an actress, and encouraged by Elek Benedek and Sándor Makkai she took up studies in history.
The exhibition lays great emphasis on presenting the literary achievements of Rózsa Ignácz. Her books deal with the historical vicissitudes endured by Moldavian, Bukovinian and Transylvanian Hungarians, as well as the great figures of theatre. The popularity of her works lay in the fact that she broke with the then fashionable nationalistic tone and took a stand alongside minority cohesion. Her writings are characterized by unexpected plot twists and a masterful switching of tragic and comic elements. In the wake of the nationalization of book publishing, not a single volume of hers was permitted to be published for nearly ten years. During this time she worked as a literary translator and interpreted the works of contemporary Romanian writers.

The display reveals Rózsa Ignácz’s refined language and her commitment to the Hungarian diaspora. This is palpable not only in her novels but her life and her beliefs. She was a brave, humane woman committed to the truth. While others hid away in fear, she, the daughter of a Reformed pastor, sewed a yellow star on her coat and went out into the streets of Budapest. Barely a decade after the Second World War, she openly opposed the new system, was not prepared to call the events of 1956 a ‘counter-revolution’, and for this she was only permitted to write mainly youth and historical novels.
For a long time, experts considered that so many values were lost during the wars and revolutions that it would only be possible to depict the figure of Rózsa Ignácz imperfectly. Happily, however, this well documented exhibition of her life was finally put together. It has already been on display in Baraolt (Barót) and Făgăraș (Fogaras) in Transylvania.
Source of the photo: proprint.ro