András Mezei


András Mezei (1930-2008) survived the Holocaust as well as the three-month siege of Budapest. Throughout his long writing career, he returned repeatedly to the terrible experiences of his childhood, notably in Piled-up Time, Dual Ties, The Miracle Worker, Jewish Poems, Adorno and Treble – assembling a poetic collage of eye-witness accounts of racist mass murder. A locksmith by trade, András Mezei was one of the most prominent writers in Communist Hungary. A poet, novelist and essayist, he wrote the script of Lucky Daniel, one of the first Hungarian films to critically examine the events of 1956. In the 1990s he launched the Belvárosi Könyvkiadó publishing house and the cultural journal Central European Times. He was a recipient of the Hungarian János Arany Prize and the Israeli Kotzetnik Prize. He died in his native Budapest in 2008. Christmas in Auschwitz was published by Smokestack Books in June 2010.

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