Ede Tarbaj, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 88, is a writer, poet, literary translator and playwright for award-winning Jazef Attila, the Hungarian Writers' Association informed.

Eda Tarbay was born on March 11, 1932 in Budapest. He studied libraries at Ettvs Lorient University, then at the University of Theater and Film Arts.

According to a summary of the Hungarian Writers' Association, he was originally a playwright at the Miskolc National Theater, later working as an interpreter, and then in 1959-1965 he worked in the youth department of Hungarian television. He was a playwright at the State Puppet Theater from 1965 to 1974, then from 1979 to 1992, from 1974 to 1975 for children's theater in Budapest and from the late 1970s as a freelance writer.

He is the author of dozens of children's books (poetry stories, children's novels, short stories), as well as short stories, essays and poems. One of the most popular essay series in the history of Hungarian television is made from parts of his book Stories of Varjandombi. He was one of the screenwriters of the cartoon Vook, introduced in 1981, alongside Attila Dargaj and Istvan Imre Imre.

In 1986, Eddie Tarbay received a degree from the International Andersen Committee. In 1986 and 2000 he received the Children's Book of the Year Award and the 2015 Children's Book Award of the Year. In 1992 he was awarded the Officer's Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit, in 1993 he was awarded the Small Cross of the Hungarian Republic Order, and in 2001 he was awarded the Stefanus Prize.

Over the past decade and a half, he has released several new collections, including Winter of the Vest, The Curious Princess and Crow Hill's old and new stories.



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