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Gyula Kodolányi

GYULA KODOLÁNYI (Budapest, 1942), Editor-in-Chief of Hungarian Review and of Magyar Szemle, is the author of eleven collections of poetry, scholarly and literary essays and poetry translations. He taught English and American Literature at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest in 1970–1989. He received research and teaching fellowships from the British Council, the American Council of Learned Societies, CIES and The German Marshall Fund of the US. He taught at the University of California in Santa Barbara (1984–85) and at Emory University in Atlanta (2004–2009), and read his poetry in English widely in the US. In 1987, he was a founding member of the Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF). In 1990–94, he served as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister. In 2000–2005 he was an Advisor to President Ferenc Mádl. In 2012, he received Hungary’s Middle Cross with the Star and in 2005 the President’s Medal of Honour for his public and literary achievements. With Magyar Szemle, he received a Prima Prize in 2003. In 2015, he was Prima Primissima Prize winner in literature. In 2016, he received the Hungarian PEN Club’s Janus Pannonius Prize for Poetry Translation.


21 November 2016
"Had he lived to see it, the Hungarian 1956 would have also been George Orwell’s Revolution. His most acute, but also most generous mind would have understood and appreciated a modern nation’s rising in unprecedented unity, and also with striking magnanimity."
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8 September 2016
"This joy of life was inseparable from his whole character as a man. Gyurka was most interested in the human medium, the life of man, this densely complex middle ground between the celestial and the terrestrial. He observed and dissected human nature with a novelist’s awe-inspiring incisiveness. He adored its beauty so much that he forgave all its perfidies. In this ability – as in his bemused patience for this postmodern age of ours – he was aided by two legendary skills: his gift as a storyteller and his sense of humor, the fruits of which he generously shared with his friends and disciples. He was also a peerless practitioner of the ancient and very human art of conversation. While he was predisposed to be enraged by the vulgar and the grotesque – and he often relished in giving vent to his fury – most of the time he defanged these abominations by casting them into a glorious narrative or otherwise using his humor to turn them inside out."
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10 September 2015
"[Antall] knew and accepted that he might well die in the course of fulfilling his chosen destiny. This knowledge seems to have marshalled remarkable reserves of strength in him: for three years, he had a perfect command even during the different phases – some better, some worse – of his battle with cancer."
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16 July 2015
"I would emphasise his ability to take a broad view; his empathy; his imagination, which provided him with many extraordinary ideas; and his sense of humour, including at his own expense. His knowledge as a historian gave him a great practical advantage in solving problems, for instance in parliamentary tactics. Although his opponents, particularly the opposition media, sought to depict him as a ”dour historian”, he used history as a practical tool. He was familiar with centuries of Hungary’s history and mentality; he was also knowledgeable about European history and Western thought."
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19 September 2014
"... we were being worn away between two hells, between two cunning, lying, murderous great powers, and whatever we did, the final result would have been the same. Our fate was decided in Tehran in November 1943, when the Heads of State of the Western Allies met and decided the fate of Europe; that was the only place anything could have been done to help."
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14 May 2014
"I heard Endre exclaim, 'Shot in the stomach..., another in the shoulder ...' I thought he was telling me where his bullets impacted. As it turned out, he was referring to his own wounds." (Mrs Endre BAJCSY-ZSILINSZKY, 19 March 1944) "Illyés was thinking of ways to commit suicide in case they got us. This was when we split the razor blade in two, each of us hiding one half in a slit in the sole of the shoe." (László NÉMETH, 19 March 1944)
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15 May 2013
"As a writer who was to spend a short but formative period, 1987 to 1994, in politics, I was naturally sensitive to personality, to the force of character, to mental energy. I always sensed and observed the encounters and negotiations of top international leaders..."
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Poems translated with an Introduction by Tony Brinkley and with a Note by the author
15 September 2012
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