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.
Krúdy seems to write in a trance state, weaving webs of images that, upon reflection, astonish as evocations of the oft-forgotten Great Goddess of the Old World. Sunflower is apparently set in Hungary in the early 1900’s... plus or minus a few years/decades/centuries/millennia.
I was always fascinated by the legends of Budapest – this city is my permanent muse. However traumatized and injured it is, however moody its inhabitants are these days, I love Budapest dearly, and I think it would be impossible for me to ever leave it.
Will I visit your grave? Is there anything there? If there is, it must be, I believe, something utterly different from what is engraved upon the headstone: may the deceased be tied to the bonds of eternal life. Rather this: totus homo fit excrementum. As all else in self-loathing, you hurried this up, making it happen while you were still alive.
Snapshots of Hungary twenty-five years after the regime change, and a novel about World War II. János Térey tours Budapest in narrative poems; Krisztina Tóth tells stories of missed chances; Tamás Kötter chronicles the life of the jet set in Budapest; László Szilasi visits a class reunion in Szeged after thirty years; and Pál Závada reflects on events that happened seventy years ago.