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.
Are they composed confessions meant for publication, or extremely personal, intimate details from a famous writer suffering from a fatal disease? It matters whether we’re receivers or voyeurs in this story. - A review of the late Péter Esterházy's Pancreatic Journal by Kinga Forgách
A quarter of a century has passed since the end of communism in Hungary, and the files of the state security service are still inaccessible to the public. Attila Ménes's play is based on the life of one of the most prominent authors of the last century, Sándor Tar, who was later exposed as an agent.
"...if I have a delusion, I am insane. But you just said that I am insane. In that case, my belief is not a delusion, but a correct idea. Therefore I have no delusion. Therefore I am not, after all, insane. It is only a delusion that I am insane; hence I have a delusion; hence I am insane; hence I am right; hence I am not insane." – Two sketches from the 1930s on the traps and paradoxes of psychiatry, translated by Thomas Szasz, the renowned antipsychiatrist.
I had always known that a time would come when I was going to
have to swim across the Danube. Everybody knows it is something they
have to do some time, despite which most people never do it; they die
without having done so.