Christopher Hitchens reflects on anti-Communist writer Arthur Koestler and his milieu in Slate.

There probably is a monograph by somebody, somewhere, on the single subject of Hungarian Jewry in the 20th century, from men of letters to political dissidents to economists to nuclear physicists. Think of the context: the cafe society of the twin cities of Buda and Pest, the end of Austro-Hungary, the cockpit of Bolshevism and fascism, the most ghastly closing scenes of the Final Solution and the first armed revolution against Stalin, all of this transmitted by a diaspora of the brilliant—and much of it mediated though a language that is almost impossible for an outsider to master.”

Read the premier issue Habitus Magazine, out this spring, for a far-reaching, multi-voiced meditation on Budapest, with input from some of Hungary’s leading Jewish and non-Jewish writers.