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Janos Pilinszky (1921 - 1981)

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  • János Pilinszky (November 1921–1981) was drafted into the army in 1944 and the horrors he saw, such as the Ravensbrück concentration camp, made an indelible impression on him. His first collection appeared in 1946 but his second was delayed by the communist censorship, because of the combination of his Catholic faith and pessimism. His collected poetry Kráter appeared in 1976; a short novel Conversations with Sheryl Sutton was published in translation in 1992. He was awarded the Kossuth Prize in 1980.

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