Életek és történetek egy letűnt világból. Egy 20. századi papi életút mikrotörténeti rekonstrukciója [Lives and Stories from a Bygone World.
A Micro-Historical Reconstruction of a 20th-Century Priestly Life]
We all have stories, written, oral or otherwise, that we formulate and distribute throughout our lives. This is the story of Mihály Tyukodi, which we learn from the documents he left us. The story of a priest who just wanted to be a man ─ as he himself put it about himself. But his story has become a little bit mine since I got to know him, because my story is a little bit different since I got to know his. This book is an attempt to tell Mihály’s story, based on the documents he left to posterity.
The protagonist of our book has lived through most of the 20th century: he was born in 1916 and lived through the turn of 1989. He saw unfold in 1990 the new world that had previously been a dream in Romania. The written material he left behind is a rarity of its kind: more than 2,400 documents survive after him. The journey to which I invite the reader is an anthropological journey, but it is not in space but in time: these documents offer a journey through time into the culture of a world now gone.