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 mixture of fantastical elements and the ordinary events of a small village makes the prose of Margit Halász a true gem of magical realism. "Singing River" proves that the provincial milieu can indeed be a contemporary and actual topic in 21st century fiction.
"And did it really come to pass that one time, not far from where I was lying, the grass quivered, and a great snake hauled its thick, ringed body alongside me, so close that my upper arm shuddered from the touch of its cold, flaky skin? Was I only dreaming that the hand, which only a moment before had been stroking the nape of my neck, stretched out into the thick of the dark grass, grasped the snake and flung it far into the undergrowth?"
Edith talks to herself about the way the delta discharges into the Black
Sea and the river is finally let go. There is no gripping at it, no dry
land anywhere; the Danube is able to breathe again. There is shooting, Edith topples into the Danube. Slowly, the
way she had learned by eye in the mirror, the body splashing with a
subdued plop into the Danube, with blood oozing profusely into the