A factory worker in Debrecen, Tar became well-known in literary circles when he wrote a sociographic study about Hungarian workers in the GDR at the age of 35. He garnered prestigious prizes for his novels and short stories, including the Attila József and the Sándor Márai Prize. In the late 1990s, it was revealed that he had been an informant for the communist secret police from 1976, writing reports on his closest friends, including well-known writers and academics. A perpetrator and a victim, he became an outcast, and died at the age of 64.
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