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.
His talent is at its best when depicting the merciless cruelty of children, the brutality of adults, deprivation, fears arising from different roots and terror at large which is characteristic in all totalitarian systems.
young-adult novel Nothing (2000) caused controversy in Denmark and was
banned for a time before it became compulsory reading in Danish
schools. Her 2004 novel If Scandinavia Were at War shows the
hopelessness of refugees and paints a dire picture of the majority
society. Janne Teller was one of the guest writers of the International
Book Festival in Budapest this year.
These days in Hungary literature has become an issue that people talk about passionately in the press, at demonstrations and on communal websites. We will now now take a brief look at two cases, one involving the changing of the national curriculum, the other the publication of a new anthology of political poems.