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CONTACT: CATHY CLEMONS
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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0008; fax (319) 384-0024
e-mail: catherine-e-miller@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Hungarian writer to speak during National Library Week

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Hungarian writer Miklós Molnár will give a public lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 in Beems Auditorium of the Cedar Rapids Public Library as part of National Library Week. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Molnár, a writer in residence at the University of Iowa Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS), will discuss his writing, his country's literature and his life under a Communist regime.

His presentation is sponsored by a grant entitled, "Through a Writer's Eyes: Seeing as the Writer Sees," administered by CICS. The grant is funded by the Iowa Humanities Board and the Stanley UI Support Organization.

Molnár, a translator and writer of poetry, fiction and essays, received the Kassak Prize for Avant-Garde Literature in Vienna in 1984. In 1990, he received the prestigious Atilla József Prize, named for the 20th-century Hungarian poet.

After the fall of Communism in 1989, Molnár was able to travel and to own a small publishing house. He also worked on the editorial staffs of various Hungarian literary reviews. He spent the fall of 1996 as a participant in the UI's International Writer's Program.

4/10/97

(EDITORS NOTE: For more information or to set up an interview with Molnár, call Marie Williamson at CICS, (319)335-1435 or Molnar at (319)335-0294.)