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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.

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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)

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..."

Poems translated with an Introduction by Tony Brinkley and with a Note by the author
15 September 2012

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