☰ Franco-Hungarian Literary Relations

Franco-Hungarian Literary Relations


International PEN, Glebe House 62-63 Glebe Place Chelsea, London SW3
Date: 04-03-1957
Language: English
Repository: Petőfi Museum of Literature
Document type: Typed letter
Publisher: Tüskés Anna (19-09-2021)
Folio number: 1

Dear Mr. Dormendy,

I have been approached by Paul Ignotus and George Paloczi-Horvath on behalf of a number of Hungarian writers abroad, with the suggestion that Hungarian writers living outside their own country should combine to form an organization which would not only stand up for their common efforts and legitimate interests but also enable them to act for, and in difence of, their Hungarian fellow-writers – who have now been silenced in their own country.

It would appear that the de facto dissolution of the Hungarian Writers’Association in Budapest makes this suggestion particulary timely, as does the news of many arrests and deportations/of writers.

It should be explicitly stated, that Mr. Ignotus and Mr. Paloczi-Horvath do not feel entitled to advise their Hungarian fellow-writers how to act, but they feel it is their duty to make it possible for them to meet and discuss this matter for themselves.

It has therefore been decided /in agreement with the English Centre of P.E.N and the Centre for Writers in Exile/ to make an opportunity for some, at least, of the writers outside Hungary to meet and discuss the position. This meeting will be held at the headquarters of the English Centre of P.E.N., 63 Glebe Place, Chelsea, London S.W.3., and will begin at 10 am. on FRIDAY MARCH 15, continuing during March 16 and 17, from 10-1, and 3-6 daily.

I have great pleasure in inviting you to attend, and hope to hear soon whether you are able to come to this proposed meeting.

Yours sincerely,

David Carver

General Secretary