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.
Penguin Modern Classics has just released Faludy’s autobiography My Happy Days in Hell, an
elegant tale celebrating the triumph of the human spirit. The book was
first published in English in London in 1962, anticipating Alexander
Solzhenitsin's Gulag Archipelago by more than a decade. It covers
a morally confusing period when many otherwise decent souls were driven
into the arms of Communism by their outrage at the initial triumph of
murderous Nazi tyranny.
"I toyed with an idea that I – as a decent Christian – never entertained before: what if the central signifier of all the metaphors and concepts of Christianity was not a beautiful, young, healthy but tortured male body... but a female body." - An interview from 2011 with the recently deceased poet, Szilárd Borbély.
I have let go all the firm things I held to. I am under the protection of no God. I cannot say what things are wrong, what right. Now I must get the victory over myself by myself. For I preferred danger to security.
Father clambered in order to feel around the place of the tongue that
was not to be found... The onlookers, affronted to
their toll-paying core, nodded away. They had not paid good money out
for this. Father checked the mouths of all four lions but did not find a
tongue in any. Tumult, as the district rag put it.