Miklós Radnóti

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Radnóti, Miklós


Born May 5, 1909, in Budapest; died between Nov. 6 and 10, 1944, in Abda. Hungarian poet.

From 1930 to 1934, Radnóti studied in the faculty of philology of the University of Széged. His first poems were published in 1924. The collection Pagan’s Greeting (1930) decried coercion and falsehood; the collection Song of the New Shepherds (1931) was confiscated for its anticlericalism. The poems in the collections The Healing Wind (1933) and The New Moon (1935) were permeated with antifascist and internationalist ideas.

In 1936, Radnóti joined the staff of the communist journal Gondolat and established close relations with the left wing of the journal Nyugat. The optimism of his poetry of the mid-1930’s was replaced by a tragic vein, as seen in the antifascist collection Steep Road (1938). Radnóti was in fascist labor camps from 1940 to 1944 and was executed by the Hitlerites. His last poems, published in 1946 in the collection The Sky Is Foaming, are permeated with faith in Hungary’s rebirth.


Bori notesz, vols. 1–2. [Budapest] 1974.
In Russian translation:
Stikhi. Moscow, 1968.


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Morin invokes his heroic literary forebears--Czeslaw Milosz, Isaak Babel, Miklos Radnoti, amongst others--in his energetic and moving book of fantasias and elegies, alert to history, rich with memory, which is, as he tells us, 'a larger country.' I welcome this 'pageantry of the interior,' this memorable first book."--Edward Hirsch
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And, in many ways, that generation was gathered into the life of one its most remarkable poets: Miklos Radnoti. The question of how his life embodied his times and how his times embodied this history is brilliantly investigated in In the Footsteps of Orpheus: The Life and Times of Miklos Radnoti, by Zsuzsanna Ozsvath (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000).
Zsuzsanna Ozsvath, a prodigiously learned writer, provides not only a detailed critical and scholarly study of the life and work of Miklos Radnoti, a Hungarian poet of Jewish extraction who was murdered in Abda in 1944 by Hungarian collaborators with the Nazis, but a full account of Hungarian political and cultural life from World War I onward.
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