Short biography

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Attila Bartis


March, April, May 2024

Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur des Landes Brandenburg

Attila Bartis, born in 1968 in Marosvásárhely, Transylvania, Romania, is a Hungarian writer and photographer. He has lived and worked mainly in Budapest since 1984, and since 2014 occasionally in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia.

His books have been translated into over twenty languages. The novels "Der Spaziergang" (1999) and "Die Ruhe" (2005), both published by Suhrkamp, have been translated into German. The novel "Ruhe" was adapted into a film by Róbert Alföldi in 2008.
His photographic works are represented in photo exhibitions in Hungary, Romania and Poland. His theatre plays have been performed in theatres in Hungary, Romania and Austria. In 2016, Attila Bartis staged the play "Regie" 2016 at the National Theatre Marosvásárhely.

Attila Bartis has received several scholarships and literary prizes for his photographic and literary work, including the Tibor Déry Prize (1997) and the Sándor Márai Prize (2002). In 2006, the author was a guest of the lcb, and in 2007 of the DAAD's Berlin Artists-in-Residence Programme.

Literary works:

Novels: "The Walk" (1995), "Rest" (2001), "The End" (2015)
Short stories: "The Bluish Haze" (1998), "The Lazarus Apocrypha" (2005)
Conversations: "About what we can" (2010, with István Kemény)
Diary fragments about photography: "The trail of lost time" (2019)

Photo albums:

"Silence as" (2010)
"Description of the world, detail" (2016)
"On the islands" (2018)
"Dear Unknown" (2021)

Theatre plays:

"My Mother, Cleopatra" (2003)
"Decay" (2005)
"Direction" (2013)