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László Potozky
( 1988 )

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Biography

László Potozky was born in Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc), Romania in 1988 and currently resides in Transylvania. He earned a degree in journalism in 2011 from the University of Kolozsvár (Cluj- Napoca), and from 2008-2009 he was a contributor at a daily newspaper.
His works have appeared in various anthologies and journals in Hungary, Transylvania, Slovakia and Voivodina. Áradás (Flood), Potozky’s fi rst collection, has garnered numerous awards. Some of his later works that have yet to be published in a collection can be found at: potozkylaszlo.wordpress.com.

Flood
2011

László Potozky’s fi rst collection, Áradás (Flood), contains nineteen short stories and novelettes. Each text is concerned with an urgent social issue that the young author treats with a sociographical approach. In Potozky’s works, the characters cannot or only seemingly unburden themselves of their surroundings, and without exception the stories end in tragedy. In the story “Szomszédok” (“Neighbors”), the main characters are a policeman father and his drug-addicted son, whose murder introduces the tensions that arise from family confl icts swept under the rug. Th e events of a war serve as the background for “Galambok őre” (“Pigeon Guard”), in which the pigeons that symbolize hope and liberty are sacrifi ced by the soldier guarding them in order to feed a starving child. In “Apu szeme fénye” (“The Apple of Dad’s Eye”), which depicts the hopeless situation of those living in poverty, a father who can no longer care for his blind little girl is forced to make a tragic decision. “Aluljáró” (“Underpass”), the last story in the volume, off ers a sensitive description of a period in the life of a prostitute forced to live and work in a public toilet. Though despair permeates all the stories in the volume, most of the stories nevertheless speak of an instinctual humaneness. László Potozky’s fi rst volume places him alongside the best contemporary prose writers, for he depicts the social problems aff ecting everyone without moralizing. His primary goal is to reveal, and through revelation, to raise vital and fundamental questions. Erdélyi Híradó, 2011

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