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Renowned Hungarian Poet Sándor Kányádi, Artist of the Nation, Has Died at Age 90

2018.06.22.

Sándor Kányádi, Kossuth Prize-winning Transylvanian-Hungarian poet, translator, and member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, passed away earlier this week, on 20 June, at the age of 90.

Ethnic Hungarian poet and translator Sándor Kányádi was born on 10 May, 1929 in Nagygalambfalva (in Romanian Porumbeni), a small village in Hargitha County, Transylvania. He moved to Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca) in 1950. He graduated from Bolyai University as a Hungarian language and literature teacher.

His first poems were published in 1955. During his active years he was the editor and frequent contributor to several literary and children’s magazines. He has been active in political issues in his life, as shown in his numerous works relating to the ongoing oppression of  Transylvania’s Hungarian minority.

His work has been honored with several awards and prizes, including the Kossuth-Prize, Prima Primissima, and the Order of Merit; in addition he was also chosen as  artist of the nation. After retiring from literature, in the last years of his life, he split his days between Budapest and his countryside cottage in Transylvania.