György Konrád was a writer, essayist and the president of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. He studied literary studies, sociology and psychology in Budapest, and began writing novels at a very early age. In his essays, Konrád analyzed the political developments in his native country. His work was forbidden in Hongary in the 1980s, and he travelled Western Europe and the United States as a prominent dissident. Between 1990 and 1993, Konrád was president of international writers’ association PEN. Among his best-known works are A látogató ( 1969, English translation The Case Worker, 1974), Kerti mulatság (1989, English translation Feast in the Garden, 1992), Kőóra, pesti szalon (1994, English translation The Stone Dial, 2000) and Inga (2008).