Szilárd Borbély

Szilárd Borbély is widely acknowledged as one of the most important poets to emerge in post-1989 Hungary. He worked in a wide variety of genres, including essay, drama, and short fiction, usually dealing with issues of trauma, memory, and loss. Borbély received many awards for his work, including the Attila József Prize. He died in 2014.


Books by Szilárd Borbély in the translations of Ottilie Mulzet (published and forthcoming):

Kafka's Son (Seagull Books, 2023)
In a Bucolic Land (NYRB / Poets, Jan. 2022)





cover of NYRB Poets of In a Bucolic Land, by Szilárd Borbély, tr. Ottilie Mulzet
Final Matters, Selected Poems: 2004-2010 (Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation, Princeton University Press, 2019)

"Translated by Ottilie Mulzet with a rare lyricism and lucidity ... A profoundly disquieting work, which grows stranger and richer with each reading. These poems offer no answers, yet they are a revelation." —Chris Littlewood in the Times Literary Supplement

The cover of the book
Berlin-Hamlet, NYRB / Poets, 2016Cover of the books of poems Berlin-Hamlet, by Szilárd Borbély
The Dispossessed, HarperColllins, 2016The cover of the novel The Dispossessed, by Szilárd Borbély. Cover shows an isolated house on a plain, title and author name.[ ottilie mulzet ]