János Háy came of age under communism and to literary prominence under capitalism. He is the author of over two dozen volumes of poetry, fiction, and essays, as well as of frequently staged plays. Much of his work is informed by his peasant origins, his early embrace of alternative culture, and his insight into the maladies of modern society. Critics have noted his inventive use of language and striking narrative techniques. He has received the Sándor Márai Prize for fiction and the Attila József Award for poetry.