The Europe that was Lost – Thoughts on Central and Eastern European Modernism
4. In Budapest. Lajos Kassák, Activism, Constructivism, and the Hungarian Soviet Republic
112 out its own path and consciously ceased its activities until a time of “higher con- sciousness”, until its projected resurrection at the very end of the 20th century.276 In other words, they claim that the movement was consciously ended by its initia- tors and not by events or ideas determined by the general Zeitgeist, which sounds peculiar indeed. 276 Kujundzic – Jovanov 1998, p. 58. 113 4. In Budapest Lajos Kassák, Activism, Constructivism, and the Hungarian Soviet Republic It was definitely no coincidence when the good old Baedeker in 1903 recom- mended potential travelers to board the train at Ostbahnhof in Budapest, if they wished to go to Agram, Krleža s´ hometown. The readers were also informed that the train crossed the Danube only after two miles and that it stopped in Sárgogárd about ten miles later, where one could change to a train going to Báttaszék, if one did not want to continue to Kaposvár, a town with a little more than 17,000 inhabitants and two inns, Krone and König Franz Josef, from where the journey continued to, among others, Kaproncza, Körös, Veröcze, and Banovajaruga, only to arrive at the central station in Agram after exactly 387 kilometers. Certainly Agram was no big city compared to Budapest or Prague, nevertheless the service was excellent providing further trains to Vienna, Fiume, Banjaluka, Trieste, or Sarajevo.277 According to Baedeker, it was, in other words, natural to go to Agram...
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