task is to exist, and this also means co-existence. (György Konrád)
1933 born in Debrecen
1956 completed his studies of sociology, psychology and literature
1959-73 Sociologist and social worker
1974 arrested for his volume of essays along with his co-author Iván
Szelényi; this established his central role in the opposition
1970's received various scholarships from foreign universities
1983 recipient of the Herder Prize
1988-89 involved in the Free Democrats' Party
1990-93 president of PEN International
1991 one of the founding members of the "Democratic Charta"
1991 the German bookseller's Peace Prize
He writes novels, essays and sociological studies.