When renowned film director Péter Gárdos wrote the story, he intended it as a film script, but eventually he made it into a novel. “Fever at Dawn,” the love story of two Holocaust survivors―the author’s parents―has ever since sold in more than 20 territories.
Esther Kinsky arrived in Battonya, a town in the south-east of Hungary, from Berlin. About five years ago, she
was held up at the customs. Stuck at a railway station, she looked for a
place to sleep, and eventually she did not continue her trip to Serbia
and Romania as planned. Ever since, she has written two novels about her
experiences in German.
Captivity was a conscious emigration into the great events of a great era. Our world here, the world we were socialised into, is a small and shabby world. Being part of a small nation is usually not favourable for great prose and drama.
"...if I have a delusion, I am insane. But you just said that I am insane. In that case, my belief is not a delusion, but a correct idea. Therefore I have no delusion. Therefore I am not, after all, insane. It is only a delusion that I am insane; hence I have a delusion; hence I am insane; hence I am right; hence I am not insane." – Two sketches from the 1930s on the traps and paradoxes of psychiatry, translated by Thomas Szasz, the renowned antipsychiatrist.
The art collection of Milán Füst, one of the most influential figures in 20th century Hungarian literature, and his wife, Erzsébet Helfer. - Exhibition at the Petőfi Literary Museum, Budapest, open until 15 November 2015.