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.
Attila Balogh remarked in a recent interview that he lives in three Hells: disability, Gypsiness, and poetry. He went on to say that it is only the inferno of poetry he cannot bear. His work is certainly a journey beyond and under the edges of the known world where we never dare arrive at the center.
Kjell Westö (1961), who belongs to Finland's Swedish minority, won the Finlandia Prize for his grand novel on Finnish history from 1906 to World War II, and the Nordic Council Literature Prize for his recent novel that takes place just before World War II. Writer Noémi Szécsi interviewed Westö at the Budapest Book Festival in April 2015.
It’s marvellous fun going around in a foreign country if voices are
merely sounds which leave us cold and we stare blankly at everyone that
speaks to us. What splendid isolation, my friends, what independence,
what lack of responsibility... We start to display an inexplicable trust in
adults wiser than ourselves. We let them speak and act on our behalf.
Then we accept everything, unseen and unheard.
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.