János Pilinszky

János Pilinszky (1921–81) is probably the greatest Hungarian poet of the post-war period. He is best remembered for his poems of the 1950s which bear witness to the horrors of the Second World War and mid-twentieth century Europe.

Three selections have appeared in English: Selected Poems translated by Ted Hughes and János Csokits (Carcanet, 1976; later expanded as The Desert of Love (Anvil, 1989)), Crater by Peter Jay (Anvil, 1978) and Passio: Fourteen Poems (Worple, 2012) by Clive Wilmer and George Gömöri.