Born 5 January, 1954, in Gyula (Hungary)


Trip to Roma - Villa Borghese, Fra Angelico
Visiting Vienna - Leopold Museum, Japan Exhibiton
Destruction and Sorrow Under the Heaven, working for a revised edition
World goes on, corrections for the Hungarian edition
Invitation to Almost Island Dialogues, Delhi
Reading at the Embassy of Israel Budapest with Ambassador Ilan Mor
Reading, Dresden
Join the Literary Agency RCW, London
World goes on, published by Magvető Kiadó
Lecture at the highschool Deutsche Schule, Budapest
Book-presentations in Budapest (with Sári Gerlóczy), Pécs, Veszprém, Tatabánya, Szeged, Miskolc
Destruction and Sorrow Under the Heaven, revised manuscript for the Seagull Press, Bombay
Best Translated Book Award 2013 (US) for the novel Satantango, New York
Babits Mihály-Prize, celebration at the Petőfi Literary Museum, Budapest
Interview on András Jeles, Budapest
Reading-theatre with Enikő Eszenyi, Ildikó Bánsági, János Bán, Tamás Fodor; Gyula
Spycher Prize residency in Swiss - Leuk, Bern, Basel
Seiobo There Below published in the US by The New Directions, trans. Mrs. Ottilie Mulzet, New York
Isaias has come in French by Ed. Cambourakis, trans. Mde Joelle Dufeuilly, Paris
Attendance at Festivalletteratura 2013 - readings, interviews; Mantova
Trip to Florence - S. Marco, Fra Angelico
Guerre et Guerre, published by Ed. Cambourakis, trans. Mde Joelle Dufeuilly, Paris
Readings and conversations in Belgrad Bookfestival with the Serbian edition of novel Melancholy of Resistance
El último lobo published in Croatia
Essay for the New York Times
The Bill, published by Sylph Editions - The Art Monographs, London
Conversation with Mrs. Jutta Hausmann at the Literary Museum Petőfi, Budapest
Journey in India - Delhi, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh


French premiére of the play The Well-Tempered Clavier by David Marton based on the piece of J.S.Bach and the novel Melancholy of Resistance at MC93 Bobigny, Paris
German premiére of the play The Well-Tempered Clavier by David Marton at Schaubühne, Berlin
Reading and Conversation at the József Attila High School
Satantango published in the USA
Satantango published in the U.K.
Satantango published in Holland
Conversation and Reading in Nagyvárad, Rumania
Seiobo There Below published in paperback in Germany
Telephone-interview in Klubrádió on the book There Is No Question, There Is No Answer
Interview in Haaretz
Interview in The Million
Journey in Israel
Opening speach at the 3rd International Writers Festival, Jerusalem
Journey to the USA
Article published in The Guardian on the readings in New York
Interviews in Weekly Word Economic (HVG)
Spycher Prize residency, Leuk, Swiss
Reading at the Edinburgh Book Festival-Aberfeldy, U.K.
Reworking Destruction and Sorrow Under the Heaven for Seagull Press, Bombay
Nominated for the Angelus-Award in Polen with War and War
Satantango published in Rumania
Essay for The New York Times
Conversation at the Zrínyi Miklós High School, Budapest
Event with Colm Tóibín in London Review Bookstore, London
Prima Primissima Prize awarding ceremony, Budapest
Writer’s Cinema Event (Írómozi) with Tibor Keresztury (Litera), Budapest


Film-interview about Miklós Mészöly
Working on the book The World Goes on
Reading in Veszprém, Hungary
Conversation with János Szegő and Heike Flemming about Seiobo in Petőfi Literary Museum, Budapest
Interview in Origo, Budapest
Barbara Epler’s visiting in Hungary
Reading tour in France - Bordeaux, Strassbourg, Tours, Paris
Prix-Lille, France
War and War published in Polen
Factor Theseus published in France
Melancholy of Resistance published in paperback in Germany
War and War published in Israel
interviewed by Sharmishta Mohanty for the Almost Island, Bombay
There Is No Question, There Is No Answer published in Hungarian
Article by James Wood in the New Yorker
Conversation among friends in Pápa, Hungary
Spycher-Prize-residency, Leuk, Swiss
Reading at the Edinburgh Festival
Opening of the Bizottság-Exhibition with Ottó Tolnai at Műcsarnok, Budapest
Journey to Istanbul
Translated text for the Adam Thirwell Project
Interview in the Haaretz, Tel Aviv
Conversation at Corvinus University of Budapest
Conversation in Szeged at the Austrian-Hungarian Literary Conference
Save the Library: conversation with György Cserhalmi, László Szörényi at the Public Library of Szentendre
Meeting with Mama from Beijing in Budapest


Works with Max Neumann and Ornan Rotem for AnimalInside
Invitation by Stanford University
Invitation by PEN Word Voices Festival, New York /together with Patti Smith, Salman Rushdi etc./
Seiobo starts to the 2. place of the Bestenliste in Germany
Brücke-Berlin Prize, Berlin
Spycher-Prize, Leuk, Swiss
Readings in Zagreb, Fiume, Berlin, Leukerbad, Erlangen, Elmau, Zürich, Paris, Darmstadt, München, Budapest, Krakow and different cities in Romania
Inaugural address at the Széchenyi Academy of Literature and Art, Budapest
Invitation by Almost Island Project, New-Delhi
Journey to Ukraina
Works for the book There Is No Question, There Is No Answer
Works for the book  the world goes on


Prize of the Society of Writers, Budapest
Lecture in San Sebastian, Spain with Antonio Tabucchi, Jiri Dienstbier, Adan Michnik, Norman Manea
Readings in Pécs, Szeged, Hungary
Book-presentations of the Last Wolf in Badajoz and Madrid, Spain
Journey to Portugal
Journey to China
Ordinary Member of the Széchenyi Academy of Literature and the Arts, Budapest


Invitation by Fundacion Ortega Munoz, Badajoz, Spain
S.Fischer Guestprofessor, Free University Berlin
Readings in Berlin, Frankfurt, Bonn
Readings in Leukerbad Literary Festival, Swiss
International Literary Festival, curator, Berlin /Guest: Ion Grigorescu, Bucharest, Mihály Víg, Budapest/
Reading in Prag
„Háborús architektúra” /AudioCD/ together with Barnabás Dukay and Gábor Gadó, BMC, Budapest + Reading in Budapest
Hungarian Heritage-Award, Budapest


"International Literary Festival, curator (Guests: Szilárd Borbély, Ungarn, Ion Grigorescu, Bucharest, Cosmin Manolache, Bucharest), Berlin
"Ehrengast Ungarn" in Frankfurt Bookfair
Readings in Beijing, China
Nominated for the Prize "Jean Monnet" in France
Invitation by Cornell University, Ithaka, NY, USA


Theater Brett, Reading, Wien
Participating in the celebration for "25 Years of Ammann Publ. House", Zürich
International Literary Festival, curator (Guests: Ted Milton, London and Hiroshi Sakagami, Tokyo), Berlin
Prize "The book of the month" for the novel in German "Északról hegy, Délről tó, Nyugatról utak, keletről folyó", Darmstadt


"Poverty in East-European Culture" in CEU, Budapest with Ion Grigorescu, Bukarest, George Szirtes, London, Lajos Bokros, Budapest, Béla Tarr, Budapest, Bea Oborny, Budapest
Conversations in Somogy County "About the hope" (Somogyfajsz, Babócsa, Somogyaracs etc)
Readings in London and Norwich with George Szirtes
A new japanese invitation by Japan Foundation in Kyoto
Literary Talk in Programm "Freiburger Literaturgesprach"
Book-premiere with Adan Kovacic translator in Barcelona, "Északról hegy, Délről tó, Nyugatról utak, Keletről folyó" (novel) published in Spanish


A new invitation by Japan Foundation to Kyoto in 2005
Invitation by Brown University, RI, in 2005
Abridged version of Rombolás és bánat az Ég alatt (novel) in German for a conference in Geneva
Member of Digital Literary Academy
Kossuth Prize


Prize of the Soros Foundation
Trips to Finland, France (Cognac Literary Festival), Spain (Madrid Literary Festival)


Travels in China
Prize: Magyar Köztársaság Babérkoszorúja (Laureate of the Hungarian Republic)


Fellowship, a year in Swiss


Japanese fellowship in Kyoto
First meeting with Inoue Kazuyuki


Travels in China
Guest of Civitella Ranieri Center, Umbria, Italy
Márai Sándor Prize


Travels in Japan


Guest of Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin
In Bosnia


York, Copenhagen, Helsingör, Cologne, London, Crete Venice, Rome etc.)


Krúdy Gyula Prize
Bestenliste-Prize (Baden-Baden): Az ellenállás melankóliája the best novel abroad
Reading in Berlin, Budapest, Solothurn, Lana, Freiburg am Breisgau


Journey on a cargo boat on the Atlantic; stay on Madeira
Guest of Villa Waldberta, Lake Starnberg, München
Déry Tibor Award


Travels in Mongolia and China


Guest of Literarisches Colocquium in Berlin


DAAD Fellowship, West Berlin


József Attila Prize
Prize of Mikes Kelemen Kör in the Netherlands


Art Fund prize for best first volume author


First collaboration with Bela Tarr


Móricz Zsigmond Fellowship


ELTE Faculty of Arts, majoring in Hungarian language and literature (Degree thesis on Márai Sándor in exile)


Documentalist at publishing house "Gondolat"


first publication (Tebenned hittem, a short story in journal "Mozgó Világ", 1977/6.)


ELTE Law Faculty, Budapest


JATE Law Faculty, Szeged


Erkel Ferenc high school, specializing in Latin, Gyula


primary school in Gyula



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