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14-Carat Roadster Mini-Statue

The 14-Carat Roadster Mini-Statue in Budapest celebrates the stories of Hungarian Pulp-Fiction author Jenő Rejtő.

14-Carat Roadster Mini-Statue
Address: Hevesi Sándor square 14 (on Jenő Rejtő Street) – Budapest
GPS: 47.503672, 19,072578

Jenő Rejtő (29 March 1905 – 1 January 1943) was a Hungarian journalist, pulp fiction writer and playwright who died as a forced laborer during World War II. He was born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary, on 29 March 1905, and died in Evdakovo, Voronezh Oblast, Soviet Union (then under Axis occupation) on 1 January 1943.

Despite the “pulp” nature of his writings, he is not only widely read in Hungary, but is also much appreciated by literary critics. It is a prevalent opinion that he lifted the genre to the level of serious art, and his works will long outlive him.

In the early years of communism his works were only available on the black market in pre-war editions. But from the 1960s on, his novels were republished, and they gained instant popularity in Hungary. Jenő Rejtő’s books still have a cult following, to this day.

Rejtő’s memory is kept alive in Budapest in various ways: in 2001 a street was named after him, while in 2003 there was an exhibition dedicated to him in the Petőfi Museum of Literature (Petőfi Irodalmi Múzeum).

In 2005 his picture appeared on a Hungarian postage stamp, part of the series “Great Hungarians”, and there is an initiative to erect his statue in Budapest.

14-Carat Roadster is a humorous novel by Jenő Rejtő , published in 1940.

The story of the 14-Carat Roadster involves:

  • – a young rapscallion that wins the Nobel Prize in Physics (in a card game)
  • – falls in love with a beautiful French girl
  • – exposes a dangerous gang of spies
  • – enlists in the French foreign legion
  • – help the exiled ruler of a small African state regain his throne
  • – dreams of driving a car with a chassis of pure gold

The headlong course of events produces many perilous adventures told with irresistible humor.

Visit the 14-Carat Roadster mini-statue. Appropriately located on Jenő Rejtő Street in Budapest.

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