About Koppantó

Koppantó : snuffers (Magyar).  See images.

In the late 19th century a man named Béla Helfer wrote for Hungarian newspapers using the name Koppantó.  I don’t know anything more about this man or about what he wrote, but the name he chose appeals to me.  The author as “snuffer” seems hard, forceful, final, but ambiguous:  Extinguishing what candle?  Trimming what wick?  Given the time and place, his writings were undoubtedly political.  But perhaps it might be a good name for one concerned by  contradictions.

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