Prominent Hungarian poet Ferenc Juhász has passed away at the age of 88.
The two-times Kossuth Prize-winning poet’s literary career started in 1948. His poets have been widely translated into a number of languages, including English, German, Finnish, Swedish, Italian, French, Bulgarian and Hebrew. His work earned him a number of prestigious international recognitions, including the Golden Wreath (1992) and he was also considered a close contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1976.
Born in 1928, Ferenc Juhász was raised in Bia, a village near Budapest. After the Second World War he published his first poems and was hailed as a prodigy of Hungarian poetry. While book-length collections appeared in 1954, 1955 and 1956, Juhász’s reputation as a major 20th century poet rests on Struggle with The White Lamb (1964), which contains ‘The Boy Changed into a Stag Cries Out at the Gates of Morning’, called by W. H. Auden, a very different poet, one of the great poems of our time. Selections of Juhász’s work were published almost simultaneously in English in 1970 by Penguin and Oxford University Press. Juhász’s central ambition was to be a modern epic poet, to write books of the universe. The recurring experience moving his writing is a fascination and horror over the forms and processes of life on both microcosmic and macrocosmic levels, the cells and the stars, which he describes with unparalleled mastery.
The poet, who is survived by his wife and daughters, passed away in Budapest not long before Wednesday midnight.
via hungarianreview.com and wikipedia.orh photo: Bea Kallos/MTI