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16th September, 2019

György Konrád dies at 87

Kossuth Prize-winning writer and sociologist György Konrád died at his home on Friday at the age of 87 following a protracted illness, his family announced.

Named an honorary citizen of Budapest in 2004, Konrád was one of the best-known figures of Hungarian prose worldwide, and his works appeared in numerous languages. He published nearly 40 titles.

Konrád and his sister survived the Holocaust in a protected Swiss building in Budapest.

In the 1980s, he became one of the most prominent members of the democratic opposition. He was a founding member of the Free Democrats. In the 1990s, he was sharply opposed to the Antall cabinet, and played a key part in organising the Democratic Charta in 1991. After 2010, he became highly critical of the Orbán government.

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