He was born in Kolozsvár, on February 22nd, 1936.
After finishing secondary school, he was arrested for conspiracy against the government.
From 1952 until 1954 he spent two years in a political jail.
From 1955 until 1960 he studied at the faculty of Reformation at the Evangelical Theology Institute of the University of Kolozsvár.
After completing university he worked for four years in the archives of the Transylvanian reformed diocese.
Following this he worked for a translating office.
Since 1965 he publishes literary works.
Since his own first work's publication in 1969, he has been a freelance writer.
In 1982 he settled in Hungary.
From 1984 until his retirement in 1998 he was an associate editor at Magvető Publishing.
From 1998 to 1999 he was in Berlin as a DAAD grant recipient.
His novels and short stories have been translated in to fourteen languages up to now.

 

Awards:

1986

József Attila award

1989

Artisjus award

1989

Déry Tibor award

1992

Krúdy Gyula award

1992

Déry Tibor award, a second time

1993

The Soros Foundation Lifetime Achievement award

1996

Literatura award, Márai Sándor award

1998

Republic of Hungary Laurel Wreath

2002

Hungarian Literature award

2003

Kossuth award

 

Publications, novels:

1969

THE WITNESS-Irodalmi Publications, Bukarest

1974

PLUS OR MINUS A DAY - Kriterion, Bukarest

1978

THE ARRIVAL NORTH - Kriterion, Bukarest

1980

WHAT IS A PASS LIKE? - Magveto, Budapest

1981

THE ZANGEZUR HILLS - Kriterion, Bukarest

1991

EUPHRATES OF BABYLON - Polyglon, Edinburgh

1992

SINISTRA CIRCLE - Chapters from a novel - Magveto, Budapest

1992

BACK TO THE STOCK-OWL - Selected dialogues - Jelenkor, Pécs

1999

THE ARCHIBISHOP'S VISIT - Magveto, Budapest

2001

THE SMELL OF PRISON - Answers to Zsófia Balla's questions
A version of an earlier radio interview - Magveto, Budapest