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Gyula Kodolányi


Gyula Kodolányi /b. January 23, 1942, Budapest/ writer, politician, scholar, editor-in-chief of bi-monthlies Magyar Szemle and Hungarian Review.

December 2016. Life member of the Hungarian Writers Union. Budapest.

October 2016. A létezés hálói (The Nets of Being, translations of American poetry). Second, enlarged and revised edition. Nap Kiadó Publishers, Budapest.

October 2016. Janus Pannonius Grand Prize for Poetry Translation. Hungarian PEN Club, Budapest.

December 2015. Prima Primissima Prize for Literature, Budapest.

April 2014. Messages from WSh. Üzenetek W. Sh.-től. Poems in English and Hungarian, paper collages by Erzsébet Katona Szabó. Translated, with an essay, by Tony Brinkley. Hungarian Review-Magyar Szemle, Budapest.

December 2012. Szóló hangra (For a Solo Voice). Selected Essays and Interviews 2009-12. Nap Kiadó, Budapest.

February 2012. Járj merre tetszik (Go Where You List). New and Selected Poems. Nap Kiadó, Budapest.

September 2010 to present. Editor-in-Chief of the new bi-monthly, Hungarian Review, published in Budapest.

September 2010. Messages of William Shakespeare. An exhibition of verse collages with textile artist Erzsébet Katona Szabó. National Széchényi Library, Budapest.

April 2010. A fény rétegei (Layers of Light). Selected Essays and Interviews 2006-2009. Nap Kiadó, Budapest.

January 2009-May 2009. Senior Visiting Scholar, Emory University, Atlanta. Teaching courses in Hungarian Literature and Film, and Poetry Translation. Making public appearances.

March 2008. Elected to be a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Salzburg, Austria.

January 2008-May 2008 Senior Visiting Scholar, Emory University, Atlanta. Teaching a course on Culture and Politics in East Central Europe in the Sixties and Seventies. Making public appearances.

January-May 2007. Senior Visiting Scholar, Emory University, Atlanta. Teaching a course on the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, and its transpositions in film and writing. Making public appearances.

November 2006. A hullám taraja (The Crest of the Wave). Selected Essays and Interviews. Nap Kiadó, Budapest.

November 2006. President's Distinguished Lecturer, Singapore Management University.

January-May 2006. Senior Visiting Scholar, Emory University, Atlanta, teaching a course on Modern Hungarian Culture, giving public lectures and a poetry reading under the auspices of the Halle Institute.

May 2004. Distinguished Visiting Fellow, College of Creative Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara.

January-May 2004. Senior Visiting Professor, Emory College, Emory University, Atlanta, teaching a course on the East Central European Transition, giving public lectures and poetry readings.

June 2003. Amerika ideje (America’s Time. Essays on Modenism and Modernity). Kossuth University Publishers, Debrecen and Magyar Szemle, Budapest. 440 pages.

January 2002. Táncban a sötéttel (Dancing with the Dark). Collected Poems 1971-2001. Kortárs, Budapest, 256 pp.

January 2001-August 2005. Adviser to the President of the Republic.

June 1999. Kentaurszárnyak (Kentaur’s Wings). Selected Essays and Interviews, 1968-1998. Kortárs, Budapest, 422 pp.

April 1998-2002. Editor-in-Chief, then Art Director, Színkép (Spectrum). Weekly cultural television program, TV2, Budapest.

June 1997. Január (January). Poems, 1989-1996. Kortárs, Budapest, 73 pp.

September 1992 - present. Editor-in-Chief, Magyar Szemle, an intellectual and political monthly, since 1997 bi-monthly

October 1992-February 1996. Vice Chairman, Hungária Television Foundation /operators of Duna Televizió, the state-owned Hungarian satellite channel/. February 1996-September 1997: Member of the Board of Trustees.

September 1992-March 1993. Co-Founder and Acting Chairman, Hungarian Atlantic Council.

May 1991-December 2004. Member of the Board, Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation.

April 1991. Wilson Visiting Professor, College of St. Mary's, Moraga, California. Lectures on politics and poetry, poetry reading.

October 1990. Reading poetry at the National Poetry Week IV, Fort Mason, San Francisco.

November 1990-July 1994. Senior Adviser on Foreign Policy to the Prime Minister, with the rank of Titular State Secretary.

May 1990-November 1990. Senior Adviser on Foreign Policy to Prime Minister József Antall.

1990. A létezés hálói (Nets of Being).Collected poetry translations of G.K. from the American. Európa Publishers, Budapest, 157 pp.

June 1990. Theatre de la Ville de Paris debut of The Death of the Emperor. August 1990, alternative program, Salzburg Festival.

November 1989. The French modern dance group Theatre Jel, of the National Center of Choreography in Orleans, presents at the Brest Quartz La Morte de l'Empereur (The Death of the Emperor), a dance play with words, written in 1989 in collaboration with composer György Szabados and Choreographer Josef Nadj.

1989. Hatalmak. (Powers). New and Selected Poems, Liget Books, Budapest, 106 pp.

1989. Co-Founder, Department of American Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.

1989-1991. National Co-Ordinator, Hungarian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights.

September 1987. Founding Member of Hungarian Democratic Forum, first opposition party in Hungary since 1956.

1984-85. Fulbright Professor of American and Hungarian Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. Teaching literature courses and creative writing.

November 1981. A tenger és a tél szüntelen (The Sea and the Wind Endlessly). Poems. Szépirodalmi, Budapest, 142 pp.

1978-1988 . Participation in "underground" opposition activities.

1972-1973. ACLS Research Fellow in American Literature at Yale University.

1970-present. Translator and editor of anthologies and works in Hungarian by American authors including Henry Adams, Lewis Mumford, William Carlos Williams and many others. Co-Translator and editor of poems translated from the Hungarian into English, in collaboration with William Jay Smith, Charles Tomlinson, Clayton Eshleman and others. Author of critical and scholarly essays on modern American and English writing, published in Hungarian and English.

1970-1989. Teaching American and English Literature (1968-1984), and Comparative Literature (1985-89) at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.

1969-70. Three-month British Council Scholarship for research in Britain on modern poetry, under the tutelage of poet and professor Charles Tomlinson, Bristol University.

1966-1970. English Editor at Corvina Press, Budapest.

Education: M.A. in English, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, 1966.

Major Distinctions:

September 1983. Mikes Kelemen Prize /The Hague, Netherlands/ for Best Hungarian Book of the Year 1982, awarded by Hungarian writers in exile for A tenger és a szél szüntelen.

May 1996, Brussels. European Order of Merit /Ordre Européen du Mérit/ for political and civic activities.

March 2002, Budapest. József Attila Prize for literature.

December 2003, Budapest. Prima Prize, for Magyar Szemle review.

July 2005, Budapest. Hungarian President's Medal of Merit for literary and public service.

March 2012, Budapest, Hungarian Order of Merit, Middle Cross with the Star.

December 2015, Budapest. Prime Primissima Prize for literary achievement.

Family: Married to Mária Anna Illyés, art historian and critic, 1965. Son Bálint born in 1976. Daughter Judit born in 1978

Home address:
Budapest 1025, Józsefhegyi út 9. Hungary,
36-1-326 20 29 home,
36-30-97 37 035 cell,
36-1-706 88 66 office.

13 July 2020
"Reagan realised that it was possible, even necessary, to collaborate on a friendly footing with the new Soviet leader who sincerely embraced a policy of openness. Indeed, he went so far as to magnanimously subscribe to the role in which Gorbachev sought to cast him before the Soviet leadership and, perhaps, the entire world: that of the uneducated, superficial demagogue. In other words, Gorbachev shone in the limelight even as his Soviet Union was fatally bursting at the seams with the centrifugal forces unleashed in the process."

22 November 2019
"From the mid-1980s the leading diplomats of the Western powers maintain a day-to-day contact with the Hungarian opposition, as well as with the leading reformists of the Hungarian Communist Party. From 1988, the Hungarian opposition builds institutional contacts with Western European parties."

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