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Béla Markó

Author, Hungarian
Béla Markó is a Romanian writer and political figure of Hungarian ethnicity. He was born in 1951 in Kézdivásárhely (Targu-Secuiesc) Transylvania, Romania, studied Hungarian and French literature, and taught until 1976, when he joined as editor of the Igaz Szó (The True Word) literary magazine. He began an avant-garde youth magazine, which was suppressed by the censors after a few issues. He has published eighteen collections of poems, but his fourth, Talanitás, which appeared in 1984, was censored and withdrawn. Over the next five years most of his poems could be found only outside Romania. Despite the censorship of his work, some of his poems were translated into Romanian. He has been awarded the prize of the Romanian Writer's Union on two occasions, and he has received several literary awards in Hungary. (Photo credit: image courtesy of Alchetron)