György Spiró

Plays by György Spiró

Soap Opera

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

A Hungarian woman is tracked down by a salesman wanting to sign her up for a Jewish reparations scheme. The play explores the woman's ethical dilemma and raises questions about Western methods of compensation for war crimes. It caused controversy when originally premiered in Hungary, and was televised for Polish TV.

György Spiró is a dramatist, novelist and essayist who has emerged as one of post-war Hungary's most prominent literary figures. The son of an engineer from Miskolc in eastern Hungary, he graduated in Hungarian and Slavic literature from the ELTE University of Budapest in 1970, and completed additional studies in journalism and sociology. His earlier career was spent in radio journalism. More recently, in addition to his writing, he has been employed as Professor of Literature and Aesthetics at ELTE University. His plays have won numerous awards, including several for best Hungarian drama of the year. His avant-garde style, depicting coarse language and characters outside the pale of respectability, often dismayed more traditional Hungarian critics, and the criticism of his work occasionally takes on an anti-Semitic tinge. His most recent work, and most ambitious creation to date, is an 800-page novel, Fogsag, (Captivity), published in 2005. Set in the Roman Empire in the time of Nero, it follows the experiences of a Jewish wanderer named Uri. Spiro's earlier works eschewed Jewish themes, but in Fogsag he returned to his ancestral roots.