Although György Lukács is widely known all over the world, the international scholarly publics knows little about the progressive and multifarious literature dealing with Lukács in the native countrv of this great Hungarian thinker. There are various reasons for this. Although there is no denying the fact that the study of Lukacs’s oeuvre started relatively late – only in the first half of the seventies – in Hungary, it is also true that this research has steadily gained momentum since then. The other reason is the well-known isolation of the Hungarian language, which is a major impediment because only a few writings of Hungarian Lukács-scholars are available in translation.
This research, however – quite understandably – can rely on sources which are only available in Hungary and in the Hungarian language, and it can interpret Lukács’s activities in the intellectual atmosphere and social environment in which Lukács himself – except for his years of emigration – lived and worked. By virtue of these advantages the writings of Hungarian authors can provide a more reliable image of Lukács than that currently reflected in the international scholarly literature.