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.
Esterházy’s talent goes way beyond postmodernist textual plays and is indeed capable of shedding light into the unknown nooks and corners of the human soul, the dwelling-place of trivial yet mysterious things like the relationship of mother and son, the metaphysics of rooting or the freedom of fiction against the tyranny of facts.
"It is actually quite fortunate that the first three volumes took him eighteen years to write. Ten years ago Nádas’ implacable humanism would have caught us much more unprepared." – An interview with the publisher of Parallel Stories, a new three-volume novel by Péter Nádas.
As you have had, patres et fratres,
ample occasion to hear the legends of St Anthony the Hermit, of Egypt,
it is high time you heard, for a change, the golden truth about him, and
not just the usual golden-legend stuff.
But what became of the Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani,
my friend... what of your mouth odour and evil thoughts, the acrimony of your
chastity, dear chap, caro mio Giorgio; what became of the precious
desire for vengeance; what kinds of insects did the Creator pluck out
from that?—that is something a Hungarian is curious about.