Gárdonyi Géza Square

Gárdonyi Géza (originally Ziegler Géza, born in Agárdpuszta, on 3 August 1863), writer, poet, playwright, journalist, teacher and an honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. A figure of the Hungarian literary life of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries with still outstanding popularity. A prominent figure of his age, Gárdonyi cannot be classified as the member of any literary circle. He started his career in 1881, as a public school teacher, then in 1885, he became a journalist; after 1897, he was writing his novels in his provincial retreat (the "Eger hermit"), devoting his life to literature. His career was characterised by a continuous quest, thematic and formal adventures; in the light of this, his prose writer's oeuvre can be divided into three periods. It was the novellas and short stories written in the 1890s, in a folksy tone that brought him his contemporaries’ recognition (My village, 1898). Posterity knows him mostly through his historical novels: “Eclipse of the Crescent Moon” 1901, “Invisible Man” 1902, “God’s Slaves” 1908. His psychological novels are Szunyoghy’s Prayer 1913, Ida’s Novel, 1920.
Now his Eger residence houses a museum, and his tomb is in the Eger Castle, in the blood-soaked earth of the heroes of Eger.

 

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