Geza Tatrallyay, born 11 February, 1949 in Budapest, Hungary, escaped with his family in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution, immigrating to Canada the same year. He grew up in Toronto, attending the University of Toronto Schools, where he was School Captain. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Human Ecology in 1972 (after taking a break in his studies to work as a host in the Ontario Pavilion at Expo’70 in Osaka, Japan). Tatrallyay was selected as a Rhodes Scholar from Ontario, attending Oxford University and graduating with a BA/MA in Human Sciences in 1974; he completed his studies with a MSc in Economics from London School of Economics and Politics in 1975. He represented Canada as an epée fencer in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal in both the individual and team events and was Canadian National Epée champion that year.
Tatrallyay’s professional experience has included stints in government (Department of Finance, Canada), international organizations (Inter-American Development Bank), commercial / investment banking (Royal Bank of Canada), private equity (MAVA Capital based in Hungary, Syntaxis Capital based in Austria) and environmental entrepreneurship (Vertis Environmental Finance, GreenSource GmbH, JCM Capital). Since 2004, he has been semi-retired, managing a few investments mainly in the clean energy sector and devoting himself to his family and his writing.
Tatrallyay’s first novel, ARCTIC MELTDOWN, was published electronically at the end of 2011. His next book, TWISTED REASONS, the first in a trilogy of international crime thrillers, was published by Deux Voiliers Publishing (www.deuxvoilierspublishing.com) at the end of 2014. In mid-May, 2015, P.R.A. Publishing (www.prapublishing.com) published CELLO’S TEARS, a collection of eighty-three of Tatrallyay’s poems, and, at the end of the same month, Editions Dedicaces (www.dedicaces.us) brought out FOR THE CHILDREN, his memoir of escaping Communist Hungary in 1956 as a child. A second memoir, THE EXPO AFFAIR, will be published in 2016 by Guernica Editions
Tatrallyay is a citizen of Canada and Hungary, married to Marcia (Nousanen). They have a daughter Alexandra living in New York and a son Nicholas in Nairobi.
Sophie, My Dear (short story translation from Hungarian), in Saturday Night, October, 1977
A Wanderer's Evensong (after Goethe), Quarry, Summer, 1983, Volume 32/3
Dawn Dreams, American Poetry Anthology, Spring/Summer, 1983, Vol. II, No. 1-2