Konrad, George

Konrad, George or Gyorgy dyûr´dyē kôn´räd [key], 1933–, Hungarian novelist. Konrad's first novel, The Case Worker (1969 tr. 1974), was based on his experiences as a children's social worker for the state. In this and other writings he treats the social and spiritual problems of Eastern European life under fascism and communism as well as after the collapse of communism. Among his other works of fiction are The City Builder (1975 tr. 1987) The Loser (1980 tr. 1982) A Feast in the Garden (1989 tr. 1992), a novel of the Holocaust and Stonedial (1998 tr. 2000). He also has written Antipolitics: An Essay (1984). Widely considered contemporary Hungary's preeminent literary figure, Konrad was president of International PEN (1990–93) and the Berlin Academy of Arts (1997–2003).

See his autobiography, A Guest in My Own Country (2007).

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