No. 2 - Year 11 - 06/2021
10.15291/sic/2.11

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Rejtő Jenő

Rejtő Jenő was best known as a journalist and author of adventure pulp fiction novels in his home country of Hungary. In 1924, he was awarded a degree from a well-known Hungarian drama school. He then went on to travel extensively throughout Europe for his journalistic endeavors. Eventually, he collected several ideas from his travels that would form the basis for his adventure novel plots. The vast majority of Hungarians will admit to writing poetry. It is not surprising, therefore, that Rejtő was also a poet. His works have never before been translated into English. His poems offer readers a glimpse into the Hungarian literary scene of the first half of the 20th century – a time when Hungarian writing was increasingly influenced by the philosophy and literature of France (a country Rejtő visited on many occasions). Rejtő died during the Second World War while working as a forced laborer in Evdakovo, Voronezh Oblast in the Soviet Union, far from his beloved hometown of Budapest. His novels continue to be popular in Hungary today, and several of them have been adapted into comic books, which are considered classic works of art in Hungary. Rejtő has a street named after him in Hungary and has been the subject of a variety of museum exhibits during recent years.