Mátyás Dunajcsik


Eastern European Network

City, Country:

Reykjavik, Budapest, Iceland, Hungary


2015, 2016, 2017


Oct 2016 - Dez 2016

Born 1983 in Budapest/Hungary.

Mátyás Dunajcsik is an author, translator and poet. After having finished his studies in aesthetics (theory of art) and French language and literature in Budapest/Hungary, he worked for some years at the most renowned publishing houses in Hungary, Magvető and Libri, first in foreign rights trade and then as editor-in-chief of literary fiction.

His books include two collections of poems and short stories Repülési kézikönyv/(The Flyers’ Handbook) 2007 and Balbec Beach (2012) and a young adult novel The Spectacled Siren (2016). Throughout the years, he has translated prose and poetry from French, English and Icelandic, including works from authors like Charles Baudelaire Advice for Young Men of Letters (2007), Marguerite Duras The Atlantic Man (2007), Alain Robbe-Grillet A Sentimental Novel (2009), Vladimir Nabokov The Original of Laura (2011), Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray (2014) and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry The Little Prince (2015).

In 2008 he won the Bródy Sándor Prize for best debut in prose with his first book, and in 2009 participated in the Junge Akademie program of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin/Germany on recommendation of Péter Esterházy. In 2013 he spent three months on the Snorri Sturluson Fellowship in Reykjavík/Iceland, where he returned between 2014 and 2016 to learn the Icelandic language and literature on a state grant.

Working on various literary and artistic projects, he is currently between jobs, countries and languages.

Mátyás Dunajcsik is a participant in the exchange program between Akademie Schloss Solitude and Hungarian writers of the József Attila Circle (JAK) in Budapest.