Kukorelly, Endre

“As to what is the novel, of course one cannot define it like this, at most you can say what it isn’t, and that will either work or not. As a reader it’s pretty easy to say. If you’re a proper (normal, naïve) reader, you read novels. You get immersed in it, there’s conflict in it, a catch or two, the end will always turn out to be something, either good or bad, someone will die, others will never die, someone will always leave/marry someone, there’ll be a murderer, the Turks will really be routed from Eger. They will be, I can tell you that.” (Kukorelly Endre)

Kukorelly, Endre (Budapest, 26. 04. 1951)

Poet, writer, editor. He studied history and librarianship at ELTE and was an editor of the University’s literary magazine, Jelenlet between 1981 – 1985. He was publisher’s reader at Pallas publishing house between 11987-1989 and has been a founder and editor of the literary magazine Exit’84 since 1989. Columnist at Magyar Naplo between 1990-1992, then collaborator of Magyar Narancs and Lettre Internationale. He conducted seminars in creative writing at the Intermedia Department of the School of Arts between 1992-1995.

Artist Foundation’s First Volumes Prize, 1985
Book of the Year Award, 1991
Vilenica Crystal Prize, 1992 [Slovenia]
Attila József Prize, 1993
Sándor Weöres Prize (Soros), 1994
Tibor Déry Prize, 1995
Hungarian Literary Spectator Prize (Mikes Circle), 1995
Holmi Novella Competition Prize, 1997
Alföld Prize, 1998
Laurel Wreath of the Hungarian Republic, 2003
Sándor Márai Prize, 2004
Palládium Prize, 2004
Csernus Ákos Prize, 2005
Vilmos Prize, 2005