George Szirtes is a poet and translator born in Hungary, who moved to Britain as a refugee and who writes in English. He has won various prizes for his poetry, including the T S Eliot Prize in 2005. His many translations include novels by Sándor Márai and László Krasznahorkai. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
The Poetry Hour
This was a moving event with readings and musings from three major poets. They may be about Budapest or the East End, film reels or music scores, philosophy or politics, reflections on love and death or the dilemmas of being Jewish.
Yudit Kiss: The Summer My Father DiedYudit Kiss left Hungary as an adult. Her poignant memoir The Summer My Father Died captures her awakening to her own Jewish origins and the shortcomings of Communism as her father, a party official, is dying in Budapest. Kiss and translator George Szirtes discuss the lives and common values of their parents’ generation, Jewish Hungarians who clung to Communist ideology in the face of changing times. The father is a Jewish Holocaust survivor determined to write a great work that will ...