was born in 1946 in Budapest. He is one of Hungary’s leading contemporary authors, a writer, dramatist, and eminent translator and scholar of Polish literature. Spiró is one of the most frequently played contemporary playwrights of Hungary. His novel Captivity (2005) was the literary sensation of the year, earning the author the Aegon Prize for best book of the year and listed by The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books of 2015. Spiró’s works have been translated into English, Czech, Finnish, Hebrew, Polish, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Turkish. His prizes include the Attila József Prize (1982), the Déry Prize (1993), the Madách Prize (1994), the Ernő Szép Prize (1997, 2004), the Milán Füst Prize (2005), the Kossuth Prize (2006), the Aegon Prize (2006), the Angelus Prize (2012), the Artisjus Prize (2012), the Perła Honorowa Prize (2013), and the prize for Best Hungarian Drama of the Year (2015).
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