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.
"Zehuze" – that's how it goes: this quasi-magical phrase returns over and over again in this monumental novel composed of letters written by a mother to her daughter. The daughter returns to her mother's native land, Hungary, from her land of birth, Palestine, to build a happy new world...
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.
No, my friends, heaven is not ocean-sized. It’s smaller. Significantly
smaller. It’s the seaside I saw, and on the seaside a curtsying willow,
and under that willow, a family.
Oh, the family, we teetered, how utterly romantic, the smallest
social unit, ha-ha!, the mainstay of the government’s concerns, he-he!
No, we were not satisfied with Creation. Hold your horses, Esti waved as
if he were our brother, the nincompoop.
A wide selection of writers are rarely included in synopses of
contemporary Hungarian fiction despite being in the vanguard of the
‘quiet revolution’ of the early
Seventies and in many cases remaining highly (and rewardingly)
productive to the present day.