Patti Smith shares her love for Hungarian literature at Budapest Performance

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On Wednesday evening, Patti Smith gave a concert at Müpa Budapest. During her performance, she recited three Hungarian poems. But it was not his first encounter with Hungarian literature.

Patti Smith is an American singer-songwriter, musician, songwriter and poet who became an influential component of the New York punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album, Horses.

The three poems she read were The black piano by Endre Ady and two poems by János Pilinszky: Under a portrait and Introit.

Ady and Pilinszky are both famous poets in Hungary who are part of the curriculum of Hungarian schools.

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Endre Ady (1877-1919) was a turn-of-the-century Hungarian poet and journalist. Considered by many to be the greatest Hungarian poet of the twentieth century, he was known for his unwavering faith in social progress and development and for his poetry‘s exploration of fundamental questions of modern European experience: love, temporality, faith, individuality and patriotism.

Well known for his vast influence on post-war Hungarian poetry, Janos Pilinszky (1921-1981) is also considered one of the greatest Hungarian poets of the twentieth century. Pilinszky’s style includes a juxtaposition of Roman Catholic faith and intellectual disenchantment. His poetry often focuses on the underlying sensations of life and death; his stay as a prisoner of war during World War II and later his life under the Communist dictatorship reinforced his isolation and estrangement.

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Patti Smith is reading a book by Hungarian author Dezső Kosztolányi – and Instagram loves it. Patti Smith is an American singer-songwriter, musician, songwriter, and poet who became an influential component of the New York punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album, Horses. On Wednesday she posted that she is currently reading Dezső […]continue reading

Patti Smith has been reading Hungarian literature for some time, such as Lark by Dezső Kosztolányi and Satantango by László Krasznahorkai. Smith is friends with Krasznahorkai and she even shared a photo of him on his Instagram account of the two having coffee together in Venice, Italy. She also posted a photo of Kosztolányi’s book when she read it. One of his latest messages is from Budapest about a poster of his sold-out show.

Smith also met Budapest mayor Gergely Karácsony who used his song People have the power several times during his campaign before his withdrawal.

Featured Image: Illustration via Patti Smith’s Facebook Page

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