The Dramas of Lajos Walder
In the dramatic and tragic years of World War II, the Hungarian poet Lajos Walder was probably looking for a broader expression of his philosophical beliefs than poetry seemed to allow. Following Huxley, Aragon and Celine, he turned to prose. Drawing on his education in Greek and his love of theatre he penned plays with '... insights so pertinent, that they seem universally valid some six and a half decades later'. Lajos Walder (1913-1945) was a well-known poet in 1930s Budapest, but his plays, written in the early 1940s, were not known until 1990 when they were first published in Hungarian and described by a major critic as '... uniquely beautiful creations of an original mind'. Lajos Walder died on 7 May 1945, the day of liberation and just four hours after walking out of the Death Camp of Gunskirchen: he was not yet 32 years of age. These plays should be staged. In the meantime, they may be read in Agnes Walder's fine translations which evoke the essence and mood of her father's time and capture his expressive literary style.
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