HUBAY, MIKLÓS – EGY SZERELEM HÁROM ÉJSZAKÁJA
Three Nights of Love
(1961. Musical. Characters: 11 men, 3 women)
Three Nights of a Loveis a musical co-authored with István Vas and György Ránki, and, as such, the first Hungarian iteration of the genre. In fact, it is a poetic fable about the broken dreams of the pre-war generation, about the tragic distance between imagination and reality. It is customary to see the story as a reference to the love of poet Miklós Radnóti and Fanni Gyarmati, broken by war, or, more specifically, the persecution of the Jews. There is no space of humanity, feelings, romantic plotlines with a happy end, have no place in this era. Thee selfish and opportunists become Judases and Pilates of the times, who are ready to betray anybody who only wish to live beautifully and freely, for culture, arts or love, for their family.
Born in Nagyvárad (Oradea) on 3 April 1918. He received a degree in philosophy, aesthetics and arts history. From 1942 he went to Geneva with a scholarship, where he became the director of Bibliothèque Hongroise in 1946. Following his return home in 1950, he started giving lectures at the Academy of Theatre and Film and also worked as a dramaturge of the National Theatre. As a consequence of his role in the 1956 revolution he was fired from both his jobs and had to make a living on literary translation and screenwriting. Between 1974-1988 he was a lecturer of Hungarian language and literature at the University of Florence. In the mean while, between 1981-1986 he was the president of the Hungarian Writers’ Association. Between 1987-1996 he is again a professor at the Academy of Theatre and Film in Budapest, and the acting manager then president of the Hungarian P.E.N Club between 1991-2001. He received the Kossuth Prize in 1994, the Hazám prize in 2006. He died on 7 May 2011.