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.
It is not the extraordinary events of an extraordinary age that make Andrea Tompa’s novel a really good piece of writing. No doubt it is easier to work with first-class material and the life of Kolozsvár (Cluj, Romania) before 1989 is excellent subject matter (while from almost every other point of view it was, of course, a disaster).
Elina Hirvonen, a Finnish writer and filmmaker visited Budapest on the occasion of the publication of her second novel in Hungarian. We talked to her about Africa, motherhood, and the link between suffering and strength.
A collection of poems by András Gerevich entitled Tiresias's Confession has been published in English by Corvina, Budapest. "It is one of the most difficult things in the world to write poems so clear, so pellucid, so free of metaphor and simile as to be almost pure speech", writes poet George Szirtes, one of the translators.
In a world in which market-oriented sensations rule, even as the celebrations carry on he dares look in the eye the expropriation of the fatelessness which his fate has become. He calls it his clown nature.