Ottó Orbán, a major figure in contemporary Hungarian poetry and a huge presence on the Hungarian literature scene in general, passed away nearly 20 years ago. A decades-long illness left his body debilitated at a painfully early age, but the disease was incapable of breaking his razor sharp mind and brilliantly multifaceted poetry. He left us too soon, yet he was not unfulfilled. Indeed, he left us a diverse yet coherent body of work, capable of speaking to the widest possible range of readers.
Ottó Orbán fulfilled an intercultural, intermediary role between the classic modern and postmodern approaches to poetry. His poems are allied with the finest poetry traditions from Hungarian folk poetry and the American beat poets, welding the fecund influence of Ginsberg and Corso to Sándor Weöres's protean poetry. It is also clear that to the very end, Ottó Orbán stuck to the poetical concept that behind diversity and variety lies a 'fixed, radiating core', in an ontological and ethical sense, that tells us that aesthetically speaking, too, our lives are nothing without deeds. This event seeks to draw your attention to this gripping and engaging duality.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
Programme compiled and introduced byPéter Dérczy
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