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.
The debut novel issued by Julie Orringer, an American writer of Hungarian Jewish descent has been shortlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction. It is an elegant, tender love story set against the menacing
gathering and eventual explosion of a storm of methodically organized violence.
"I wanted to know who, why and how was involved in ruining the first half of my life." - Poet Zsófia Balla moved from Romania to Hungary shortly after the regime change in 1989. We asked her about her decision to request the surveillance file by the Romanian Secret Service (the Securitate) targeting her during communism.
"The tram came to a stop and I flung what was left of my Multi on the tracks opposite. To hell with Germanic tidiness; I was glad to live in Hungary, where, even if the day-to-day struggle for cash was all-consuming, at least I was free to compensate with such a cynical gesture knowing that others couldn’t care less, and that if they did care, most likely they were on my side; for we were all in the same creaky, splintered wooden boat." – Adventures of a New Jersey-born Hungarian American in post-socialist Hungary.
Edith talks to herself about the way the delta discharges into the Black
Sea and the river is finally let go. There is no gripping at it, no dry
land anywhere; the Danube is able to breathe again. There is shooting, Edith topples into the Danube. Slowly, the
way she had learned by eye in the mirror, the body splashing with a
subdued plop into the Danube, with blood oozing profusely into the