Pál Street Boys Statue
Address: Práter Street, 11 – Budapest
GPS: 47.486699, 19.072254
If you turn a corner on Práter Street in Budapest, and find you are suddenly confronted by bullies,
You might have just run into a much-loved art installation. The bronze sculpture, created in 2007 by Péter Szanyiwas was inspired by a Hungarian young adult novel by Ferenc Molnár.
A Pál Utcai Fiúk (The Paul Street Boys)
The novel is about schoolboys in Budapest in 1889. The Paul Street Boys spend their free time at an empty lot that they identify as their home turf. When another gang of boys, attempt to take over their turf, the Paul Street Boys are forced to fight and defend themselves.
The Paul Street Boys win the war, with one of the smallest of their group repeatedly demonstrating that his bravery and loyalty surpasses his size. But the book ends in tragedy: when the same boy dies of pneumonia.
The novel, published in 1906, is a satire of European nationalism and ranks among the most famous books ever written in Hungary.
The world of Hungarian Literature, alive on the streets of Budapest!
Visit the Pál Street Boys, but look out for bullies.
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