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.
1500 pages of memorable
resonances between the perceptions, emotions, thoughts, gestures and
stories of the various characters. And actually, Nádas says little more
beyond the structural beauty of parallels. Yet this is how he comes to
include so much about the Hungarian and European history of the 20th
century, about our culture and, within that, our most neuralgic regional
characteristics, our physical, psychological and social compulsions.
What he does not offer is an overarching ideology, an ideal to grant
György Spiró’s new novel Captivity (Fogság), the Hungarian literary sensation of the year, is a reconstruction of the period from around the death of Christ until the Jewish War. Uri, the protagonist of the novel, is selected to be a member of the delegation that takes the Pesach tax of Roman Jews to Jerusalem. Through his adventures we get an extremely lively picture of contemporary Rome, Jerusalem and Alexandria. – An interview with the author by Erika Csontos.
Katie Brandenburg, university student in the Department of German, dreamt one evening that Antal Mádl, the Head of Department, in her Finals had asked her what was the colour of Thomas Mann's horse. No more than three days were left until the exam so that she really needed to knuckle down to elucidating the answer to this important question.