Captivity by György Spiró

By György Spiró

A literary sensation in Hungary, György Spiró’s Captivity is either a hugely subtle old novel and a gripping page-turner. Set within the tumultuous first century A.D., among the yr of Christ’s demise and the outbreak of the Jewish battle, Captivity recounts the adventures of the feeble-bodied, bookish Uri, a tender Roman Jew.

Frustrated together with his hapless son, Uri’s father sends the younger guy to the Holy Land to regain the family’s status. In Jerusalem, Uri is imprisoned by way of Herod and meets thieves and (perhaps) Jesus earlier than their crucifixion. Later, in cosmopolitan Alexandria, he undergoes a scholarly and sexual awakening—but also needs to break out a pogrom. Returning to Rome eventually, he unearths a completely unforeseen inheritance.

Equal elements Homeric epic, brilliantly researched Jewish heritage, and picaresque experience, Captivity is a dramatic story of kinfolk, destiny, and fortitude. In its weak-yet-valiant hero, enthusiasts can be reminded of Robert Graves’ classics of historical Rome, I, Claudius and Claudius the God.

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For, when mania lays hold of the mind, it manifests itself now in anger, now in merriment, now in sadness or futility, and now . . in an overpowering fear of things which are quite harmless. ( Chronic Diseases 1. 150) 14 The ancient medical writers share this problem with their modern counterparts. g. e. impairment in one or more important areas of functioning) or with a significantly increased risk of suffering death, pain, disability, or an important loss of freedom. 15 What Szasz concludes about the similar statement in DSM-III is valid also here, that 'the authors .

26 ____________________ 24 Translation from P. DeLacy (ed. ), Galen: On the Doctrines of Hippocrates and Plato ( Berlin, 1978). Galen quotes Chrysippus in order to refute him: cf. Plac. 5. 1. 1-5. 13 for the complete discussion. On Galen's preference of medical over philosophical models of physical and mental disease see Ballester ( 1988), esp. 128-9, and cf. Pigeaud ( 1988b). g. Lain Entralgo ( 1970); Simon ( 1978), 180-99 ; Pigeaud ( 1981), 443-521 ; Gill ( 1985), 320-4 ; Voelke ( 1993) ; Nussbaum ( 1994).

75 On Apollonius' semi-occlusion of the erotic dimension of Heracles' relationship with Hylas, which in a sense parallels his semi-occlusion of madness, cf. Lawall ( 1966), 127 n. 14; Hunter ( 1993), 38-9; DeForest ( 1994), 63 and n. 36. 76 ' Longinus', On the Sublime 10. 1 (ταîς ἐρωτικαîς ΠαΘήατα). 77 Cf. Page ( 1955), 28-30. The fragment is so naturalistic that it has prompted some debate over the exact nature (psychoanalytical or otherwise) of Sappho's sufferings: cf. g. Devereux ( 1970b); Marcovitch ( 1972).

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