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Péter Zilahy
Budapest 8 Nov. 1970 • Hungarian author and artist


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Péter Zilahy was born in 1970 in Budapest. He is a many-sided author, whose prose and poetry are widely translated and who has often used photography, interactive media and performance art in his work. He was editor-in-chief of Link Budapest, an Internet magazine for contemporary literature in English and Hungarian between 1997-1999. He has been the editor-in-chief of 'The World Literature Series' since 1998: first at Jak Books and later at Gondolat Publishers. His book of poems Statue Under White Sheet, Ready to Jump was published in 1993. His dictionary novel The Last Window Giraffe was published in 1998 and has since been translated into 14 languages. The CD-ROM based on his book has been performed in over twenty countries. In 200, he was a visiting scholar at New York University. In 2002, Ludwig Museum Budapest made an exhibition of his selected pictures and interactive works. In 2003, he had an exhibition in Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany, where his latest book, Drei, was also published.

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ON PETER ZILAHY'S BOOKSHELF

The Trial
Franz Kafka, 1925P
'posthumous work'
The tale of Joseph K, a respectable functionary in a bank, who is suddenly arrested and must defend his innocence against a charge about which he can get no information. A nightmare vision of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the mad agendas of twentieth-century totalitarian regimes.

BOOKS BY PéTER ZILAHY:

The Last Window Giraffe
1998
–› Excerpt

A Hungarian history of the Eastern Bloc in the form of a ('Communist') children's picture dictionary.
WHAT TO READ AFTER THE LAST WINDOW GIRAFFE

One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel García Márquez, 1967
This magical realist novel tells the history of the Buendías family, the founders of Macondo, a remote South American settlement. In the world of the novel there is a Spanish galleon beached in the jungle, a flying carpet, and an iguana in a woman's womb.

[Lepel alatt ugrásra kész szobor]
1993
'Statue Under White Sheet, Ready to Jump'
Poems
[Harom]
2003
Published in Stuttgart, Germany as Drei: Erzahlungen, Tagebucher, Gedichte, 'Three: Stories, Diaries, Poems'
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