Lengyel, József

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Lengyel, József


Born Aug. 4, 1896, in the village of Martszali. Hungarian writer. Communist since 1918. Son of a peasant.

Lengyel began his literary career in 1916 as an expressionist poet in the journal Tett. After the defeat of the Hungarian Soviet Republic of 1919, he lived in the USSR until his return to his homeland in 1955. Vyshegradskaia Street (1932) describes the revolutionary events in Hungary in 1919. Such novellas as The Magician (1961; Kossuth Prize, 1963), From Beginning to End (1963), and What Will Not Man Endure? (1965) depict in a restrained, analytical, and psychologically intense way people who are morally steadfast, true to their ideas, and able to endure life’s cruel trials.


Kulcs. Budapest, 1956.
Három hidépitõ. Budapest, 1960.
In Russian translation:
Bespokoinaia zhizn’ Ferentsa Prenna .... Moscow, 1961.


Kun, B. Stat’i o literature. Moscow, 1966.
Diószegi, A. “Lengyel József útja.” Új Irás, 1965, no. 2.
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