Sándor Kányádi

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Sándor Kányádi
Sándor Kányádi
Born (1929-05-10) May 10, 1929 (age 88)
Porumbenii Mari (Nagygalambfalva)
Occupation poet
Notable works "In Contemporary Tense", a new volume of Kányádi poems in English translation, published by IJK of Romania in cooperation with Iniquity Press of NJ, USA; translator: Paul Sohar. Available on Amazon.com
Notable awards Kossuth Prize
Herder Prize

Sándor Kányádi (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈʃaːndor ˈkaːɲaːdi]; May 10, 1929) is an ethnic Hungarian poet and translator from the region of Transylvania, Romania. He is one of the most famous and beloved contemporary Hungarian poets. He is a major contributor to Hungarian children's literature. His works have been translated into English, Finnish, Estonian, Swedish, German, French, Romanian and Portuguese.[citation needed]


He was born in Porumbenii Mari, a small Hungarian village in the region of Transylvania, to a family of Hungarian farmers. He was educated in the nearby town of Odorheiu-Secuiesc. Present-day Tamasi Aron Gimnazium was his alma mater. He moved to Cluj in 1950. Nowadays, he splits his time between Budapest and his cottage in the Transylvanian countryside.

Kányádi graduated from Bolyai University (before Bolyai University was forced to merge with the Romanian university to form present-day Babes-Bolyai University) with a teacher's qualification and degree in Hungarian language and literature. He published his first volume of poetry in 1955 while an assistant editor and frequent contributor to several literary magazines, including poems in children's magazines that are still very popular today. His translations are also very popular and include Saxon and Yiddish folk poetry, contemporary Romanian poetry, and major German and French poets. He also gave several literary talks abroad during the 1960s and 1970s to Hungarian communities in Western Europe, Scandinavia, North America, and South America.

He has been active in political issues throughout the years, as shown in his numerous works relating to the oppression of the Transylvanian Hungarian minority.[citation needed] In 1987, the Romanian Communist government refused him a passport to visit an international poets' conference in Rotterdam, which resulted in his resignation from the Romanian Writers' Union out of protest.[citation needed] The bench at the Budapest Metro station Arany János was dedicated to Sándor Kányádi, as his poem Vanity (1983) envision it. Vanity

I dare not wish more just a bench at the metrostation Arany János Budapest

(translation: Derzsi Elekes Andor)

Vanity - his bench at metro station Arany János


Sándor Kányádi's autograph
Sándor Kányádi

He garnered more than 30 awards and honors, among others:

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