Iván Kovács was born in Hungary in 1949 and immigrated to South Africa in 1963. He has written and published poems and prose in a variety of South African literary magazines and worked as a journalist and an art critic.
His lifelong studies in esotericism led to the publication of two books, The Path to Higher States of Consciousness (2014), and Pioneers of Tibet (2017).
As a translator he has published three collections of poetry, the first a collection of poems by Attila Józef entitled Suburban Night and Other Poems (2016), the second György Faludy’s Villon Ballads (2017), and the third An Anthology of Hungarian Verse (2019). The Cardsharp and the Magician, which was also published in 2019, is Kovacs’ translation of Jenö Heltai’s early 20th century novel from the Hungarian.
Face to Face: A Personal Odyssey is Kovacs’ autobiographical novel and was published in 2018, and Moonlight Sonata is his collection of stories, novellas, and anecdotes, was published in 2019.
All the above books were independently published and are available from online suppliers like amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, or locally from loot.co.za.
Kovacs’ translation of N. P. van Wyk Louw’s Raka into English is his most recent publication.