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.
The queer identities of the outsiders in Gordon's work – and her own public lesbian identity – are refreshing challenges to the male-dominated, heterocentric Hungarian literary canon and literary community.
"Politics is important, but it is not the most important thing in life. But since we can only skirt around the really important things, we tend to choose something that is less important but still important enough, and give our lives to it."
"From between the creases of fabric / gapes / a face, like the countenance of Europe scorned. / It spits / into the distance, but does not speak. It reflects, / like thought itself. Above, the floodlit city / looks to a new epoch. The escalator / rises into the heights, and creates correspondences, / like a metaphor degraded in the course of time / into a simile. The mind listens."
Béla Tarr's first feature film since Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) is based on a mystery novel by Georges Simenon, but it is no ordinary crime story. The mystery is not the identity of the robbers and murderers, but what takes place in people’s hearts.