Menyhért Lakatos2022-02-17T22:31:20+02:00

Writer

Menyhért Lakatos

Born in Vésztőu.

Writer

Menyhért Lakatos

Born in Vésztőu.

Menyhért Lakatos (1926 – 2007) is a Hungarian Romani novelist and poet, a classic of the 20th century Hungarian Romani literature. He was born in a Romani village in Vésztő in a merchant family. He studied at the public university in Nagykőrös, Lakatos worked as an engineer in Szarvas i Nagykőrös and as a manager of a Romani brickyard which he founded. He was his community’s unofficial ambassador – he participated in research projects about the Roma which were conducted by the Institute of Sociology at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and he wrote of the lives of the Roma people in his books. He founded the Cultural Union of Roma People in 1986 and was declared the president of the Hungarian Cultural Union of Roma People in 1988. He was active in many Hungarian social and cultural organization and a member of the Hungarian Theatre Troupe’s presidency.

 

He began publishing his literary works, novels, fairy tales, stories, poetry and TV scripts in 1970. Lakatos won numerous awards – the Attila József Award, the Füst Milán Award, the Book of the Year Award, the Republic of Hungary’s Laurel Wreath and many others.

His novel The Color of Smoke (1975) has been published in 19 countries and has been sold in hundreds of thousand of copies in Hungary.

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