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.
Sándor Márai’s novel burst onto the literary scene at the Frankfurt Book Fair of 1999, thanks to the English and the German translations. In Hungarian the book is having its renaissance. Still, from time to time, we hear voices which talk, in tones of disapproval or apology, about it being overrated, bemoaning the stormy success of a work supposedly inferior to other pieces of the oeuvre.
"The society, it seems to me, invented the Kádár era long before Kádár
and company realized this. The tragic fact is that many people were
executed in order to intimidate the society when all the regime should
have done is to make a compromise." - We talked to György Spiró, the author of Spring Collection, about 1956 and the power games of the early Kádár era.
I look like someone who was born in a sewer and never crawled out. Journalist? Film critic? What a laugh. No one in the neighborhood believed it. I wouldn’t have believed either. No dignity, no pride. Just a filthy animal who’ll rob anyone with their back turned.
Eurozine, a network of Europe’s leading cultural journals, is an online magazine featuring texts taken from its partner journals on various pressing issues of our time, translated into English. HLO talked to editor Simon Garnett about the present, past and future of the magazine during the Budapest Book Festival.