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 mixture of fantastical elements and the ordinary events of a small village makes the prose of Margit Halász a true gem of magical realism. "Singing River" proves that the provincial milieu can indeed be a contemporary and actual topic in 21st century fiction.
It’s marvellous fun going around in a foreign country if voices are
merely sounds which leave us cold and we stare blankly at everyone that
speaks to us. What splendid isolation, my friends, what independence,
what lack of responsibility... We start to display an inexplicable trust in
adults wiser than ourselves. We let them speak and act on our behalf.
Then we accept everything, unseen and unheard.
To combat the view of Hungarians as gloomy and serious, we will now recommend a few Hungarian books that you can actually read on the beach or on the terrace, while sipping wine and enjoying the summer.