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Sándor Csoóri
Hungarian writer

Sándor Csoóri

Sándor Csoóri
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Intro Hungarian writer
Was Writer Poet Journalist Essayist Screenwriter Dramaturge Politician
From Hungary
Field Entertainment Film, TV, Stage & Radio Journalism Literature Politics
Gender male
Birth 3 February 1930, Zámoly
Death 12 September 2016, Üröm (aged 86 years)
Children: Sándor Csoóri
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Sándor Csoóri (3 February 1930 – 12 September 2016) was a Hungarian poet, essayist, writer, and politician.


In 1950, he graduated from the Reformed College in the town of Pápa (hu:Pápai Református Kollégium) and then studied at ELTE Institute, but dropped his studies because of illness. He worked in various journals, such as, during 1953-54, The Literary Newspaper and, from 1955 until 1956, he was the poetry section editor in "The New Sound" periodical. In 1956, he could not find work for a while and then, in 1960, as at the beginning of the Budapest University of Technology and newspaper editorial staff, he was the MAFILM dramaturg from 1968 until 1988.

His first poems appeared in 1953, raising a big stir, being critical of the Rákosi era. The authorities soon noticed that Csoóri was not one of their supporters. He wrote criticizing the dictatorship's impact of personality, and the fate of rural people. He was under surveillance sometimes for years, and did not receive awards. He lived in Budapest, where he met with his friends, including Miklós Jancsó, Ottó Orbán, György Konrád, Ferenc Kósa. In 1988, he was co-editor with Gáspár Nagy, of Hitel, and in 1992 editor-in-chief.

Csoóri died at the age of 86 after a long illness on 12 September 2016.


  • Attila József Prize (1954, 1970)
  • Herder Prize (1981)
  • István Bibó Prize (1984)
  • The Book of the Year Award (1985, 1995, 2004)
  • Tibor Déry Prize (1987)
  • Joseph Fitz Award (1989)
  • Kossuth Prize (1990, 2012)
  • Sower Nívódíja Publishing (1990)
  • Radnóti Biennial Poetry prize (1990)
  • Eeva Joenpelto Award (1995)
  • Károli Gáspár Award (1997)
  • Hungarian Heritage Award (1997, 2005)
  • Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, Commander's Crosses with Star, civilian (hu:A Magyar Köztársasági Érdemrend középkeresztje a csillaggal, 2000)
  • Hungarian Art Prize (2004)
  • Bálint Balassi Memorial Sword Award (2006)
  • Prima Primissima Award, 2008

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