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Gábor GÖRGEY
( 1929 )

Biography

1929 born in Budapest
1948-1949 majors in German and English Literature
1950-54 deported to the countryside together with his family
1955-1959 office attendant at the Institute for Public Education
1959-1994 journalist of the daily, Magyar Nemzet
1961-1969 Story Editor at Pannónia Studio
1982-1989 Literary Director of the National Theatre of Szeged
1992-1996 Artistic Director of the Deutsche Bühne Ungarn
1992 founding member of the Széchenyi Academy of Arts
1994-1996 Artistic Director of the Hungarian Television
2002 Director of Pen Club Hungary
2002-2003 Minister of Culture

Awards
1976 Graves Award
1980 Attila József Award
1985 Pro Arte Award
1989 IRAT Award of Excellence
1989 Tibor Déry Award
1989 Gold Medal of the State
1992 Art Fund’s Award
1995 Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic - Commander Cross
1998 Award of the playwrights’ competition of the cities Esztergom and Székesfehérvár
2001 Pro Urbe Award
2006 Kossuth Award
2006 Kogge Ehrering (Honorary Ring of a German Writers’ Association)

Hunting Rug
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The framework of the novel is an act of lovemaking: the hero of the story, Ádám Toporczy, is involved in a passionate sex affair with Ágnes, a fleeting acquaintance and thirty years his junior, on a very special Oriental rug. The naked body of the girl evokes many pleasant memories, and he begins to recall the stories of two of his great love affairs which were intertwined with the history of the rug and also the history of his famous family. The recollections present the world of the early fifties in Hungary, together with memories of World War II, the years of the police translocations of the richer families in the years of Communism, and also the events of the Hungarian revolution of 1956. The father of Ádám was a general under Governor Horthy and thus, after the wWar, the family was forced to move to a poor farmstead on the Plains where they must work under humiliating circumstances. When Ádám finally manages to get back to Budapest, he gets involved in the happenings of the revolution, and somehow saves a guilty member of the state police, who turns out to be a specialist for oriental carpets, from the lynching crowd, and thus, towards the end of the novel, the reader gets to know the story of the extraordinary rug.

Once there was an Upper Hungary
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The novel of the Hunting Rug evolves into a trilogy and this is the second volume. The story of Ádám Toporczy continues, as he is asked by his poet friend and the friend’s wife to take them to the upper parts of the former Hungary, the current Slovakian territory, show them the ancient castle of his family and relate the strange and exciting story of his grandfather. As they start, the reader is taken on a journey in both space and time: following the flow of memories we return to the period of the War and Communism, and begin to understand what has happened to the Hungarian minorities in their respective new countries. The novel uses both sexual openness and irony, but the lightness of the tone does not intend to conceal the gravity of the topic.

21 Poems
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’The man of talent, who always; and deservedly) considered himself a born poet, gained respect with absurd plays that began to melt the ice in a period when the theatre of the absurd was quite a novelty in Hungary.’; Tamás Tarján) Although Gábor Görgey became very popular as a playwright and novelist, he is still loyal to poetry, even if he writes only a few poems. This volume comprises the period between the sixties and the eighties, showing the elegance and irony of the author, but also presenting his unrelenting honesty.

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