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István Kemény

István  Kemény

István Kemény

(Hongarije, 1961)
István 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 also writes short prose pieces in which he addresses moral questions in a sober style: human indifference, environmental pollution, God’s thoughts about the world.

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
Language: Hungarian

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Gedichten van István Kemény
Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Prins Bernhard cultuurfonds
Lira fonds
J.E. Jurriaanse
Gefinancierd door de Europese Unie
Elise Mathilde Fonds
Stichting Verzameling van Wijngaarden-Boot
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère