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Magda Szécsi was born in Komádi, near the Romanian border. An artist and writer, she has been freelancing since 1988. She has written several books for children and is a prolific illustrator. The exerpts in the August 2010 issue of Words without Borders are from her latest book, Cigánymandala (Gypsy Mandalas), published by Széphalom Műhely, Budapest, in 2007.