Julio Baghy Posted by Transparent Language on Apr 30, 2009 in Esperanto Language
Let’s talk about another famous Esperanto author today. This time, the subject is Julio Baghy, a Hungarian professional actor from the early 20th century. He was one of the first writers in the Esperanto movement, since he came along early into Esperanto’s life. He wrote a great deal of Esperanto literature, but Baghy is more famous for his quality Esperanto poetry.
Some of Baghy’s works include “Preter la Vivo” (Beyond Life, or Beyond the Life), which is a collection of verses, “Pilgrimo” (Pilgrim), a poem about hope and optimism and a drastic contrast from the flavor of “Preter la Vivo,” and the poem “Vagabondo Kantas” (the Vagabond Sings). Baghy’s earlier works draw heavily on his pessimism and disillusionment following World War I, where he was a prisoner of war in Siberia. During his internment, he wrote Esperanto works, and taught the language to other captives.
I haven’t been able to find any of Baghy’s texts online, since most of them have yet to enter the public domain. However, his books are still in print, and you can easily buy a copy of “Preter la Vivo” or “Pilgrimo” (an anthology that contains the title poem) from most reputable Esperanto catalogues.