János Szávai

János Szávai

János Szávai (1940) has taught French and Comparative Literature at ELTE since 1975. Visiting Professor at the University Paris III between 1982 and 1985. Ambassador of Hungary in Paris from 1990 to 1994. Professor at the University Paris IV-Sorbonne 1994–2005. Published eleven books: The Autobiography (Budapest, Akadémiai); Introduction a la littérature hongroise (Jean Maisonneuve, Paris); La Hongrie (Presses Universitaires de France, Paris). Translated into Dutch, Japanese, Bulgarian and Romanian, etc.


1 On 14 June 1982, a statue of Béla Bartók was dedicated in Paris. The bronze sculpture by Imre Varga, of which several versions exist, was a gift from Budapest to the City of Paris on the occasion of the naming of a public area in the 15th arrondissement after


In September 1948 the famous poet Paul Éluard, perhaps the brightest star among the French Communist Party intellectuals, toured Central Europe. He visited Czechoslovakia and Hungary, where I met him when he visited the class in which we were familiarising ourselves with the secrets of the French language. Éluard was


According to Marcel Proust, – perhaps this is the most exciting message of his work – there are extraordinary, magical moments of wonder in every lifetime, which interrupt the never-ending string of grey and painful seconds, and thereby give meaning to life. He was of course referring to private life