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.
Although for decades on end alcoholism has been a
major blight on the health of the Hungarian population, few writers,
particularly during the period of the Communist hold on power, were
willing to tackle it honestly.
"Even if you have an apartment and a livelihood, homelessness is still a major, characteristic symptom of our times. One can be
homeless spiritually, too, if they can’t find their place
in the world. For this reason I
have felt closely acquainted with people who are homeless."
András Mezei (1930) is a major poet and writer whose novel The Miracle Worker, a story about Budapest in 1943-44 seen from the point of view of Hungarian Jews, has been translated into English. He has just published his collected poems (Hármas könyv, Belvárosi Könyvkiadó, 2007).
In a world in which market-oriented sensations rule, even as the celebrations carry on he dares look in the eye the expropriation of the fatelessness which his fate has become. He calls it his clown nature.