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.
Penguin Modern Classics has just released Faludy’s autobiography My Happy Days in Hell, an
elegant tale celebrating the triumph of the human spirit. The book was
first published in English in London in 1962, anticipating Alexander
Solzhenitsin's Gulag Archipelago by more than a decade. It covers
a morally confusing period when many otherwise decent souls were driven
into the arms of Communism by their outrage at the initial triumph of
murderous Nazi tyranny.
"The stuff of this novel is closer to an anthropological or ethical description – it is more attuned to answering the question 'what sort of a being is man?' And in answering this it will treat other people’s opinions and beliefs as simple raw material, just as a doctor who gives a person an anaesthetic and does not take into account their sensitivities in other walks of life or worry about their nakedness."
If one looked around, there were ten-storey apartment blocks stood
everywhere, as far as the eye could see... For me, the whole of this scenery was at once familiar and
reassuring. I had seen it continually since my childhood, an endless
cross-hatching grid extending outwards in every direction...
His long, beautifully written secret reports were highly critical of my works, many of which he helped to complete. He called them “the products of a madman” to his state security employers. “Let us give him more state commissions,” he wrote in one of his reports, “so he won’t have time for his own anti-socialist stupidities.”