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.
Through the interpretation of various texts, Péter György takes the reader on a scholarly guided tour of Hungarian national ideology from the time of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy right up to the transformation in nationalist politics brought about by the 2010 elections.
László Krasznahorkai is not a fashionable writer. He is marching directly against what the age is about: that literature should become part of the entertainment industry. He is failing to adapt smoothly to what is going on. This art is powerfully pitched against the intention to skim through life laughing or just sticking it out as best you can without taking any particular risk.
...when he went to the cemetery to see his parents,
because he hadn’t been out there in years, I caught myself counting how
many headstones I could find of people who had died younger than me, and
he was relieved to note that on this earth, it did not count as bad
manners to die at the age of forty-three....
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.