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Péter Zilahy


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from Budapest
Grazer Stadtschreiber
Sep. 2008 - Aug. 2009
Péter Zilahy was born in 1970 in Budapest, Hungary. He is a many-sided author, whose prose and poetry are widely translated and who often performs on stage, combining photography and interactive media in his work. His collection of poems, Statue Under a White Sheet Ready to Jump, was published in 1993 and has won the Móricz Zsigmond Prize. His dictionary novel, The Last Window Giraffe, was published in 1998 and has been since translated into 18 languages. Among many other awards it has won ‘The Book of the Year Prize’ in Ukraine in 2003. The author has had exhibitions all over Europe and has performed new media presentations based on the book – and on The Last Window Giraffe CD-ROM – in 28 countries. Since 1998 Zilahy has been senior editor of The World Literature Series, first at Jak Books and later at Gondolat Publishers. In 2001 he was a visiting scholar at New York University. In 2002, Ludwig Museum Budapest held an exhibition of his selected photographs and interactive works. In 2003 he had an exhibition in Akademie Schloss Solitude, where his book of short proses, Drei, was also published. In 2007 he published a collection in Budapest with the title Three plus 1 written in seven genres. In May 2007 his theatre play Der lange Weg nach nebenan was performed in Volksbühne, Berlin. Touring Germany it was also played in Leipzig, Stuttgart, Weimar and Düsseldorf. The play comes out as a book by Passagen in 2008. The author regularly publishes his essays in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, in the Tagesspiegel and in Die Welt. Zilahy Péter (the Hungarian name) presently lives in Buda and is working on a novel.


Péter Zilahy [artist]
Nazar Hončar [artist]
Hof-Übergabe: Abschied und Neubeginn, 2008-09-16 20:00:00 [event]


Péter Zilahy, ungarischer Autor und Fotograf wurde für den Zeitraum 1.9.2008 bis 31.8.2009 zum Stadtschreiber der Stadt Graz bestellt.

Es gab insgesamt sechzig Einreichungen aus zwölf Ländern. Unter den AutorInnen, die von der Jury in die engere Auswahl gekommen waren, befinden sich Olga Tokarczuk (Polen), Mircea Cărtărescu (Rumänien), Nina Jäckle (Deutschland), Laszlo Garaczi (Ungarn), Laszlo Marton (Ungarn), Jovan Nikolic (Deutschland/Rumänien), der Grazer Thomas Raab, Ömer Sisman (Türkei) und Laszlo Vegel (Ungarn).

Die Begründung der Jury lautet wie folgt:
Die Wahl fiel auf Péter Zilahy, da er an avantgardistische Schreibweisen anknüpft, dies aber auf eine eigenständige und "leichthändige" Art tut. In Zilahys Prosa manifestiert sich die Gebrochenheit der heutigen Weltsicht, zugleich ist seine Literatur wie auch seine fotografisch-bildnerische Arbeit ein gegenwärtiger Ansatz. Eine eigenständige Poetologie ist erkennbar, in der er mit verschiedenen literarischen Traditionen spielerisch umgeht. Nicht zuletzt verspricht sein Arbeitsvorhaben eine interessante wie auch kritische Auseinandersetzung mit der Geschichte der Stadt Graz.




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