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.
I was always fascinated by the legends of Budapest – this city is my permanent muse. However traumatized and injured it is, however moody its inhabitants are these days, I love Budapest dearly, and I think it would be impossible for me to ever leave it.
Spotless collars, handkerchiefs white as snow gleam around Emerenc
Szeredás; no sick person remains untended, no street unswept. Yet in the
world of consolidating socialism of the Hungary of the 1960s, the
harshness and strange lifestyle of this ex-servant somehow seems
irritating and inscrutable.