In a Bucolic Land
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Szilard J zsef Borbely (1963-2014) was born in Fehergyarmat in eastern Hungary, and studied Hungarian philology and literature at the University of Debrecen, where he was an associate professor. A recognized authority on Hungarian literature of the late Baroque period as well as an author, Borbely was awarded several literary prizes in Hungary, culminating in the highly prestigious Palladium Prize in 2005. His novels Halotti pomp (The Splendours of Death) and The Dispossessed were hailed universally as some of the most important Hungarian works of literature of the decade. His poetry collection Berlin-Hamlet, also translated by Ottilie Mulzet, is available from NYRB Poets. Ottilie Mulzet is a translator of poetry and prose, as well as a literary critic. She has worked as the English-language editor of the internet journal of the Hungarian Cultural Centre in Prague, and in 2014 she received the Best Translated Book Award for her translation of Laszl Krasznahorkai's novel Seiobo There Below. She is based in Prague.

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"[Borbely's] poetry is epoch-making." -Peter Nadas

"Szilard Borbely was one of the best and most original poets and novelists of his generation-and Ottilie Mulzet is a wonderful translator of his work." -George Szirtes

"[Borbely] is considered one of the most important figures in contemporary Hungarian literature, having had an immense impact on the transformation of Hungarian poetry in the last decade, strongly influencing the conceptualization of poetry's social role and linguistic-thematic possibilities. . . . Borbely's poetry, prose, and essays try to bring the readers closer to the lives of those who cannot speak of their trauma or suffering. They can be uneducated and poor villagers, survivors of the Holocaust, women grieving after a miscarriage, or victims of terrible aggression. Through Borbely's texts we readers become increasingly less cruel-hearted." -Laszlo Bedecs, Asymptote

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