In the early seventies, I had come across a book in Gloucester library - "COLLOQUIAL HUNGARIAN" by A.H. WHITNEY - a beginners First Course book.

I was immediately fired by the desire to learn this language! And so began my arduous and lonely hobby.

After traveling to Hungary and making friends with the people - (not only sharing their language but singing their songs with them also!) I had bought Petofi's works in BRASOV for self-set "home-work", and sent away for the two huge LASZIO dictionaries in order to work on their translations - as a labour of love.

I particularly relished his "APOSTLE", as laughing and crying with him during my translation, I shared Petofi's emotions. And I not only want to introduce him to the english-speaking public, but to bring SANDOR PETOFI more into the limelight which he deserves.

For instance - I am saddened by the fact that SEGESVAR (today's SIGHISOARA) is more publicised as the background of the DRACULA story - rather than where Petofi had died a hero's death!

On the recent "Countryfile" programme, SANDOR PETOFI - usurped by DRACULA - wasn't even mentioned!

"THE APOSTLE", an epic poem by SANDOR PETOFI is now available in the U.K for the first time in English - (that is since what I consider was an inadequate victorian version by Sir John Bowring, long removed from libraries.)

This lyrical narrative powerfully invokes every human emotion common to human experience - hence my long-envisioned dream of sharing my translation with others, by self-publishing it myself. (Printed by Beaverprint, Gloucester 2007.)

SANDOR PETOFI was born on January 1st. 1825. He died in battle on July 31st, 1849, at SEGESVAR, leading the revolution against Hapsburgian oppression. The 26 years of his life were full of hate, love, triumph and defeat. He has been described as:

The greatest Hungarian poet.
A man of the people.
A spokesman for the poor and under priveleged.
A patriot and prophet.
A comet, drawing a fiery trail across the heavens vanishing suddenly.
He was inspired by the idea of world liberty, for which he died.

His fictional narrative "THE APOSTLE" richly contains the contrasts of tragedy, joy, love and hate, within the confines of poverty and justice.

Translated into English poetry, by


Gloucestershire author of "PORTRAIT OF KEN", soon to be made into a film.

The Apostle

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