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Revista Brasileira de História

Print version ISSN 0102-0188On-line version ISSN 1806-9347

Abstract

SZENTE-VARGA, Mónika. The Lost Gaze: Books on the Amazonian Region by the Blind Writer Gábor Molnár. Rev. Bras. Hist. [online]. 2019, vol.39, n.82, pp.287-306.  Epub Dec 09, 2019. ISSN 0102-0188.  https://doi.org/10.1590/1806-93472019v39n82-14.

One of the people with a marked influence on the image of Amazonia, and in general, on the image of Brazil in Hungary in the second half of the 20th century was Gábor Molnár, foreman by profession and member of a failed amateur expedition to Brazil in 1930. He lived, worked, hunted and made animal collections in the Amazonian Region between 1930 and 1932, until he lost his sight in an explosion. Due to the accident, the excellent left-handed shooter was lost forever, and in his place a passionate writer was born, who typed his stories situated in Brazil, with tenacity, blindly, over various decades, turning himself into one of the most read authors in Hungary in the 1960s and 1970s. This essay, within the context of Hungarian-Brazilian relations, analyzes the factors that contributed to the popularity of his texts.

Keywords : Brazil; country image; literature; nature; Hungary, Amazonia.

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