Hungarian writer Péter Esterházy dies at age 66

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Péter Esterházy, one of the best-known contemporary Hungarian writers and a Kossuth Prize laureate, died Thursday at the age of 66 after a months-long fight against pancreatic cancer, according to reports.

Esterházy at the Leipzig Book Fair in 2013. (Original Photo in color: Wikimedia Commons/Lesekreis)

Esterházy gained international fame for his book entitled “Celestial Harmonies” (2000), a partly autobiographical account of the history of his family with aristocratic roots, the Associated Press reports. 

He was born in Budapest on April 14, 1950. Before becoming a writer, he gained a degree in mathematics in 1974. In 1996, he was awarded with Kossuth Prize, which is the highest cultural recognition in Hungary.

“Esterhazyʼs prose is jumpy, allusive, and slangy. ... there is vividness, an electric crackle. The sentences are active and concrete. Physical details leap from the murk of emotional ambivalence,” John Updike once wrote about the author in The New Yorker.

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