Miklós Haraszti

Miklós Haraszti, Hungarian poet, songmaker, essayist, editor, journalist and writer, was born in Jerusalem in 1945. He graduated at Budapest University in Hungarian Language and Philosophy, after his studies he was employed as a worker, and in 1976 he was one of the founders of the Hungarian Democratic Opposition Movement. In 1980 s he was editor of the samizdat periodical Beszélo. In the years 1990-94 he became a member of the Hungarian Parliament, then he left politics and now lectures on democratization and media politics at several universities. His books, including A worker in a Worker s State (Paris, 1983) and The Velvet Prison (New York,1987), were translated into many languages. At present he is working on a volume of memoires.