Born Nov. 4, 1892, in the village of Borossebes; died Mar. 5, 1938, in Moscow. Hungarian writer; became a member of the CPSU in 1917.
During World War I, Karikás was in the Austro-Hungarian Army. In 1914 he was taken prisoner by the Russians. During the October Socialist Revolution he took part in the street fighting in Moscow. In 1918 he returned to Hungary, where he was political commissar in the 39th Brigade fighting for the Hungarian Soviet Republic; after it was defeated, he lived abroad. In the early 1930’s, he returned to his homeland but was arrested and spent several years in prison. After this he emigrated to the USSR.
Karikás won literary renown with his stories about the Hungarian Red Army soldiers who defended Soviet Hungary from interventionists—the collection Various People (1932; Russian translation, from the Hungarian manuscript, The 39th Brigade, 1927; retranslated as Ianosh Korbei in 1959).
WORKSIn Russian translation:
Usy: Rasskazy. Moscow, 1970.