biography

Born 5 January, 1954, in Gyula (Hungary)

2012

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
Conversation and Reading 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 Sorrow and Destiny under the Heaven for Seagull Press
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 Programm /Írómozi/ with Tibor Keresztury, Litera, Budapest

2011

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
Interview in Origo
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
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

2010

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

2009

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

2008

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

2007

"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

2006

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

2005

"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

2004

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

2003

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

2002

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

2001

Fellowship, a year in Swiss

2000

Japanese fellowship in Kyoto
First meeting with Inoue Kazuyuki

1998

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

1997

Travels in Japan

1996

Guest of Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin
In Bosnia

1992-1998

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

1993

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

1992

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

1990

Travels in Mongolia and China

1989

Guest of Literarisches Colocquium in Berlin

1987-1988

DAAD Fellowship, West Berlin

1987

József Attila Prize
Prize of Mikes Kelemen Kör in the Netherlands

1986

Art Fund prize for best first volume author

1985

First collaboration with Bela Tarr

1983

Móricz Zsigmond Fellowship

1978-1983

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

1978-1983

Documentalist at publishing house "Gondolat"

1977

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

1976-1978

ELTE Law Faculty, Budapest

1973-1976

JATE Law Faculty, Szeged

1968-1972

Erkel Ferenc high school, specializing in Latin, Gyula

1960-1968

primary school in Gyula

 

 

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