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Award-winning writer Istvan Szilagyi dies aged 85

Kossuth and Jozsef Attila award-winning writer Istvan Szilagyi died at age 85 on Wednesday, the ministry of culture and innovation said.

Szilagyi was born in Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvar) in 1938 and spent most of his youth in Zalau (Zilah).

After graduating with a law degree from the university of Cluj-Napoca in 1963, he contributed to literary magazine Utunk and later became its deputy editor-in-chief before becoming editor-in-chief of literary magazine Helikon.

His most successful novels included Ko hull apado kutba (A Stone Drops in a Dwindling Well), published in 1975, Agancsbozot (Antlershrub), published in 1990, and Holloido (Raventime), published in 2001.

He was awarded, among others, the Attila Jozsef Prize in 1990, the Kossuth Prize in 2001, and the Hungarian Order of Merit, Middle Cross with the Star in 2014.

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