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Erzsæbet Galgòczy
(27 August 1930 - 20 May 1989) Hungary

Erzsæbet Galgòczy



She was born into a very poor family in western Hungary but was educated and rose to prominence under the communist regime. Galgòczy's novels focus on the life of the poor in rural areas, and on rites de passage such as her own from poverty to literary fame in Budapest.

Besides being a novelist, Galgòczy was a journalist, worked in film, and was a member of Parliament until her death from cancer. She won several literary prizes for her works. Her book Vidravas caused a scandal in Budapest because of its take on the 1956 uprising.


Source: Gabriele Griffin, Who's Who in Lesbian and Gay and Writing, Routledge, London, 2002

Her work include:

  • A kösös bün (Common Sin, 1976)
  • A törvényen belül (Inside the Law, 1980)
  • Vidravas (Otter trap, 1984)
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