Miklós Mészöly has already been referred to in several
previous articles as a major ‘godfather’. Given the influence he has had
on just about all major authors writing in Hungarian today it is surprising how virtually nothing by him has ever been
published in English.
Ágnes Nemes Nagy (1922-1991) is one of the genuinely important European poets of the twentieth century. But how is that to be proved to an anglophone reader? Anyone can make claims, and people do so all the time. – George Szirtes's Introduction to Ágnes Lehóczky's new book on Ágnes Nemes Nagy.
"I feel objects challenge me, and this challenge has become more direct during the years. Objects speak to me more directly, whether they are trees, plants, animals or people in natural surroundings." - Poet, translator and literary historian György Rába, one of the most eminent figures of 20th-century Hungarian literature, died on 29 January 2011.
In sketching a portrait of George Konrád, it is my intention to delineate the features of a creative personality whose likeness is deeply embedded in history; an Eastern European intellectual whose life history, as well as the motifs of his work, are deeply interwoven with the public history of the region.