44th National Táncház Festival & Fair • 4–6 April 2025
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Interview with Transylvanian Hungarian writer, journalist Simó Márton upon his 60th birthday and recent publication of his book "A boldogabb ember” [A Happier Man] – Part I. Many aspects of Simó’s life, the path of his career and the reality of being a writer in Transylvania come to light. He was born in 1963 in the southern Transylvanian mining community of Urikány/Uricani – a town with a Romanian majority. He learned Romanian there and makes a point of saying that his language knowledge has been an asset throughout his life. His parents moved back to their native Székelyföld when he was 10. He attended university in Hungary and lived in Budapest for 15 years before returning to Transylvania where he lives with his family in Székelyudvárhely/Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania. At times it has bothered him that his Hungarian writing world is limited:… "small market, small money". He is always obliged to have some kind of steady employment in order to make ends meet. Interview by Transylvanian writer/journalist Bölöni Domokos.