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.
A posthumous work by the recently rediscovered Szilárd Rubin, this documentary novel tries to investigate a mysterious case of serial murder, committed in the 1950s by a 20-year-old woman in a small Hungarian town.
"Those that I ‘intend’ my books for are all kinds of people, but they are definitely not aristocratic, definitely not part of the social elite... they are the elite of the injured, the aristocracy of those who are helpless beyond recovery." - An interview with László Krasznahorkai on fire, evil and suffering.
And if she is his mother he will buy her 69 red tulips for her birthday and, smiling his Casanova smile, lets the florist leer at him with that “you needn’t say a word buddy, I know what it’s about” expression while wrapping up the bouquet.
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.