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.
Although for decades on end alcoholism has been a
major blight on the health of the Hungarian population, few writers,
particularly during the period of the Communist hold on power, were
willing to tackle it honestly.
Dutch writer-journalist Toine Heijmans was the guest of Café Amsterdam Festival in Budapest. Orsolya Réthelyi talked to the writer about his first novel, "On the Sea," that has been awarded the prestigious French prize, Prix Médicis étranger.
Dezső Kosztolányi, the self-styled homo estheticus, was one of the great men of Hungarian letters in the first half of the twentieth century. Little of his poetry has been translated because of its technical ingenuity, but anything by him is ipso facto worthy of attention.
Shakespeare is an appealing cultural commodity in present-day Hungary. Even today, however, teenagers mostly face an archival and canonical view of Shakespeare’s plays, though there has been a shift towards a more up-to-date appreciation.