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Géza Csáth
publisher: Babits Kiado, 1989

translated as:
The Diary of Géza Csáth
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 2004
translation: Peter Reich

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Géza Csáth was a tragic physician-writer born in Szabadka, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in 1887. A talented musician, Csáth enrolled in the Budapest Medical School after the Academy of Music rejected him, perhaps in part because of Csáth 's love of atonal music (and therefore early appreciation of, and later a recognized music critic of, Bartók and Kodály.) As editor Birnbaum notes in her biographical sketch, Csáth began smoking opium in 1909, an addiction that effectively began the abrupt and violent downhill spiral of his life.

Practicing as a neurologist, Csáth did research while studying mental illness.
(Indeed, one wonders if the addicted researcher in neurologic and mental processes saw in himself the protagonist of this short story). In 1913 Csáth left the halls of research and became a country doctor. His life is a chaotic turmoil henceforth with increasing opium addiction and a stint in World War I followed by physical and mental illness, which culminated when he shot his wife and attempted suicide in an insane asylum. In 1919, en route to Budapest following a successful escape, Csáth was detained by Serbian border guards, swallowed poison, and died.

(from: Literature, Arts and Medicine Database)

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BOOKS BY GéZA CSáTH:

The Diary of Géza Csáth
1989
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Diary of an opium-dazed, sadomasochistic, Hungarian E.A. Poe.
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