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.
Reading stage plays and cookbooks requires a split state of consciousness. As a reader, one often wonders whether it would not be wiser to actually see the play and eat the food – for example, that "green herb soup / with smoked salmon stripes".
Andreï Makine, Russian by birth but writing in French, was one of the
participants at the Budapest Book Festival in April 2011. In a talk organized at the
festival, Makine told his audience about his new book, Alternaissance,
published under the pseudonym of Gabriel Osmonde.
"...poultry know how to talk, and once they’ve set up roost in the run, they set about muttering quietly, disguised as clucking, you know, everyday things, sweetcorn, get along there, you see what I mean, son, everyday things like that, but if they have everyday things, matters to discuss, then surely they also have special, ceremonial, issues to agree on, too, it’s obvious, isn’t it?"