© Tineke de Lange
BiographyIstván Kemény entered university to study law, but switched to Hungarian literature and history, graduating in these subjects in 1993. In his early poetry collections he continued the prevailing trends of decadence and symbolism. He won two literary prizes while still in his twenties.
Kemény has published an experimental novel, The Art of the Enemy, a light-hearted account of how a group of people touring Budapest get involved in all sorts of commonplace, yet bizarre situations.
In the later poetry collections, the lyrical subject is engaged in a frantic search for the Other, trying to get his attention, while doing his utmost to remain hidden from view.
© Jolanta Jastrzebska (Translated by Ko Kooman)[István Kemémy took part in the Poetry International Festival Rotterdam 2001. This text was written on that occasion.]
Poems from Kemény
Language: Hungarian, German
More information about Kemény
István Kemény on Lyrikline
Poems of István Kemény
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère