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Hungarian Poet Gyorgy Faludy Dies at 95


Hungarian literary figure Gyorgy Faludy has died in Budapest at the age of 95. The state news agency announced his death Saturday.

Faludy was considered one of Hungary's greatest 20th century writers, but he spent a great deal of his life living in other parts of Europe and in Canada. He fled his home country twice, first in 1938 at the rise of Nazi power. He returned after World War II, and spent three years in a labor camp before fleeing his country's communist regime in 1956.

Faludy is well-known for poetry and prose about his experiences, in particular the novel "My Happy Days in Hell," about the infamous Recsk labor camp. His work was forbidden in Hungary until the collapse of communism.

Faludy returned to his homeland for good in 1989. He was living in Budapest with his wife until his death Friday.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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