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.
The heroine of Péter Farkas’s new novel "Johanna"
is not St Joan of Arc, but a much less known queen of the same name:
Joanna of Castile, nicknamed the Mad (1479–1555), who was supposedly so
crazy about her husband
that she went insane when he died. This novel is the passion play of a
woman; the portrait of a sensitive woman in an austere, mechanical
"Slips of paper fell to the ground when the little girl impatiently shook the boxes open. The first one said, NO!, the second said, YES!, and the third said, MAYBE! Klára whispered hoarsely to herself, like someone holding untold wealth. 'Yes, no, maybe, and it’s all mine, mine, mine!'"
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.