Born Oct. 18, 1894, in Budapest. Hungarian writer; member of the Hungarian Communist Party since 1919.
Dery’s first short story, “Lia,” was published in 1917 in the journal Nyugat, where he began to work. From 1920 to 1926 and in 1931–32 he lived abroad. He wrote expressionist and surrealist poems and prose: the novella Face to Face (published in 1945) is about the struggle of German Communists against fascism and the moral duty of the intelligentsia. In the novel The Unfinished Sentence (1947), Déry related the story of a young Communist. The two-volume novel The Answer (1950–52) portrays with psychological skill the spiritual maturation of a young worker, as well as the strivings of the Hungarian bourgeois-radical intelligentsia of the 1930’s. During the counterrevolutionary uprising of 1956, Déry took an erroneous position; he returned to active creative work in 1961. He has received the Kossuth Prize (1948).
WORKSJókedv és buzgalom. Budapest, 1948.
Szerelem. Budapest, 1963.
Itélet nines. Budapest, 1969.
REFERENCESRėvai, J. “Megjegyzések egy regėnyhez.” Társadalmi szemle, 1952, nos . 8–9.
A magyar irodalom története, vol. 6. Budapest, 1966.
O. K. ROSSIIANOV