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Szilárd Borbély (Hungary)

Szilárd Borbély was born in the east of Hungary in 1964, and has won a series of major literary awards for his work, including the Palladium Prize (2005). It was his third book of poems, Long Day Away (1993) that drew the attention of celebrated writers such as Péter Esterházy and Péter Nádas. His next The Splendours of Death (2004) was recognised as one of the most important Hungarian books of the decade. All the poems here are taken from his 2003 book Berlin-Hamlet, a single work comprised of allegories, fragments, letters, and poems based on specific locations in Berlin.