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György Moldova

Hungarian writer

1934   -  

country of citizenship: Hungary
occupation: writer, journalist
award received: SZOT prize, Attila József Prize, Karinthy Ring, Kossuth Prize, Nagy Lajos-díj, Prima Primissima Prize

The native form of this personal name is Moldova György. This article uses the Western name order. György Moldova (born March 12, 1934 in Budapest) is the author of more than seventy books in Hungary that have collectively sold more than 13 million copies, more than any other Hungarian writer. He is best known for his richly detailed sociological nonfiction focusing on everyday life and concerns within specific industries or professions (e.g., railway, mining, and law enforcement) and in particular regions of Hungary—thoroughly researched works that draw on the author's travels and his interviews with participants. Also popular for his satirical works, Moldova has received numerous honors in his native land, including the Kossuth Prize. His books include plays and novels as well; among the latter is Sötét angyal (Dark Angel), published in English translation in 1967 (Corvina Press, Budapest). One of his nonfiction books is being published in August 2012 as Ballpoint: A Tale of Genius and Grit, Perilous Times, and the Invention that Changed the Way We Write (New Europe Books, North Adams, Massachusetts). Moldova lives in Budapest.
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