“This fight is, on the contrary, even if irrelevant until now,
the first rumor of a great worldwide transformation”

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Endre Ady
“A Szecesszio”
in “Debreceni Hirlap”, 19 april 1899

“As far as moral traditions are concerned, England was death yet at the end of the XIX century.
The economic power, in the hands of few groups, became despotic and authoritarian: it stifled the people’s energies and lowered the industrial initiative. Mercenary wars and their countermeasures divided the nation. An old queen hadn’t no court more, there wasn’t no more a land aristocracy, because the land itself was ruined and exhausted. A God only was worshiped: the Golden Calf, and only its prophets ruled. Scandals multiplied; luxury and corruption are mixed with social hypocrisy. Shortly speaking: civilization accomplished its own goal with individual oppression. The Englishmen – those virile race – degenerated melting with customs of the barbarians once submitted. As a consequence, with the saddest of the perspectives, the British Empire turned the Century.”

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Csigany, Ady’s portrait

B. Bokros, Ady

Beck O Fulop, Ady

J. Rona, Ady’s memorial statue

Was a writer with the deepest sight who, impersonating an imaginary Gibbon of the next Century, in those way predicted the future of the British people on “Blackwood Magazine” monthly magazine. And sinister and desolating was its vision. So obscure because the present time can conceive a future like that. That’s not only the England’s future: it’s everyone’s, so our future, too.

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Ady’s statue at Ferenc Liszt ter

S. Nagy, illustration for Ady’s Uj Versek

E. Falus, illustration for Ady’s Uj Versek

Ady’s photo portrait

“Today’s civilization oppresses individuality” says the next century Gibbon. And he’s right: it’s the truth which every hearth can feel, even if only the few dare pronounce it. [...]
This truth is the main problem of our time. The social reforms, until now inevitable, must proceed from this principle: even because individuality hasn’t to be oppressed any more!
History witnesses that the most bloody transformations consequence from the individual will of freedom. Not yet with arms, but the fight of the oppressed just began! [...]
This fight now is at an higher level, in the arts and literature. Supporters of ancient borders deride the apostles, misunderstood their aspirations and, even more, the reasons of those aspirations. Masses consider this fight as a fashion attitude: This fight is, on the contrary, even if irrelevant until now, the first rumor of a great worldwide transformation.
Don’t mind about Secession You, puppet of the borders! Revolution is needed and revolution needs mens, let alone the footstools.
The Gibbon of the next century will regard at our time from a world transformed by the Secession.

Endre Ady
translated into english by Mattia Moretti

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