Literaturrezeption, Medienwirkung und Jugendmedienschutz
Edited By Christine Ansari
Géza Horváth (Szeged) - Géza Gárdonyi Sterne von Eger. Ein historischer Produktionsroman für die Jugend? Der ungarische Best- und Longseller in den Medien
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Géza Horváth (Szeged)
Géza Gárdonyi: Sterne von Eger. Ein historischer Produktionsroman für die Jugend? Der ungarische Best- und Longseller in den Medien
Abstract: Eclipse of the Crescent Moon is perhaps the most popular Hungarian classic. Gárdonyi’s historical novel for young people about the siege of Eger in 1552 was voted the nation’s best-loved novel in the Big Read of 2005.
This study provides a brief introduction to the novel’s origin and the historical background for some of the episodes and the plot. It then sketches the stages of the book’s reception, mostly in the German speaking world. Next, the study surveys the novel’s rich history of adaptations in different genres and media (printed, visual and electronic). Slide films, comics, film versions (1923, 1969), a musical (1999) and an interactive adventure game (Yoomurjak’s Ring, 2006) lend themselves to an analysis of intertextual and cultural effects. The study also examines to what degree Eclipse of the Crescent Moon conforms to the expectations of the traditional historical novel and explains the novel’s appearance in Péter Esterházy’s A Novel of Production (1979).
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