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Csutak Gabi (1977) is a Hungarian writer and cultural journalist. She was born in Szatmárnémeti (Satu Mare) Romania and now lives in Budapest. Her first collection of short stories, Csendélet sárkánnyal (Still Life with a Dragon) was published in 2017. In this collection, she makes use of experiences from her childhood in Romania during the last years of Nicolae Ceaușescu’s rule, recreating the atmosphere of the dying days of state socialism and portraying the absurdities of dictatorship. In 2018, Csutak represented Hungary at the European First Novel Festival in Budapest. In the same year she was awarded a special prize at the most prestigious Hungarian ‘first book’ competition. Her stories have been translated into Bulgarian, Czech, Croatian, English, Estonian, Polish and Serbian. She is currently working on a family saga which unfolds around the figure of a father with Alzheimer’s.