05. 25. 2017. 10:44

Mihály Dés dies age 67

Mihály Dés (Budapest, 1950) writer, translator and author of Pesti barokk (’The Baroque of Pest’), after a long-term illness, passed away at the age of 67 on Thursday 18 May in Barcelona, and was buried in Budapest.

Mihály Dés (Budapest, 1950) writer, translator and author of Pesti barokk (’The Baroque of Pest’), after a long-term illness, passed away at the age of 67 on Thursday 18 May in Barcelona, and was buried in Budapest.

Forrás: El Periodico

 

“He was born in the most savage times of the Rákosi era, in 1950 in Budapest. His mother and father were members of the Marxist-Leninist camp, advocating the omnipotence of the ‘party’, and raising him in the same light. Since the beginning of time, there has existed more than a generational rivalry between fathers and sons, sons regarding the actions of their parents more critically and at most might share to an extent their blinded, but more tolerant, so-called Goulash Communist beliefs. The same applies for Mihály Dés,” – writes Ágnes Petővári.

He studied Hungarian and Spanish at ELTE, Budapest and played the lead role in Péter Bacsó’s 1986, satirical film Banánhéjkeringő (‘Banana skin waltz’).

That year he married a Spanish woman and left Hungary, moving to Barcelona. In 1988 he played the lead role in the Szalai-Dárday film, A dokumentátor (‘The documentalist’).

He translated authors such as Antón Arrufat, Juan Benet, Borges, Cabrera Infante, Alejo Carpentier, Camilo José Cela, Cortázar, García Márquez, Virgilio Piñera and Vargas Llosa among others.

In Spain, he began his career as a journalist writing articles, essays and reviews published in periodicals and journals. Between 1989 and 1992 he was the editor of the literary journal Quimera, and between 1990 and 1993 he ran the literary supplement of El Observador, in 1994 he established the Lateral literary journal which operates as a platform for new Spanish and Latin-American writers until its closure in 2006.

Between 1995 and 2003 he worked as a teacher at Barcelona Centre Universitari. Throughout his career he made selections for several theatre, poetry and short story anthologies. His studies and performances have been published in numerous collective volumes, he also published in Spanish.

 

(Translated from Litera)

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