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PĂ©ter Zilahy


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from Budapest
Grazer Stadtschreiber
Sep. 2008 - Aug. 2009
PĂ©ter 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 MĂłricz 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 VolksbĂŒhne, Berlin. Touring Germany it was also played in Leipzig, Stuttgart, Weimar and DĂŒsseldorf. 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 PĂ©ter (the Hungarian name) presently lives in Buda and is working on a novel.