1959: born in Debrecen, Hungary. Graduates from Szentendre’s Franciscan High School.
1978–1982: manual worker.
1982–1988: takes university courses in Debrecen, Budapest, München, and learns classical music privately.
1988: graduates from Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) with degrees in Hungarian language/literature and Aesthetics.
1990: earns his doctoral degree at ELTE, with a dissertation entitled Hermann Hesse világképe (The World View of Hermann Hesse).
1988–1994: teaches literature and aesthetics in secondary schools for the arts in Budapest.
1990–1992: instructor of music aesthetics at the Department of Cultural History, ELTE.
1994–2000: freelance writer
2000–2015: museum attendant.
2015–present: lives in Jakarta as a freelance writer.
2019: Milán Füst Prize
2013: Aegon Prize, Üveggolyó Prize
2010: The Ninth was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (Dublin, Ireland)
2010: The Ninth was longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award (Three Percent, USA)
2006: Tibor Déry Prize
2001: Sándor Márai Prize