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.
Just on its title alone many Hungarian readers in 1976 (and since) must have been puzzled by László Fábián's first short novel, an astonishingly rich growing-of-age tale, told in a persuasively poetic manner.
"Those that I ‘intend’ my books for are all kinds of people, but they are definitely not aristocratic, definitely not part of the social elite... they are the elite of the injured, the aristocracy of those who are helpless beyond recovery." - An interview with László Krasznahorkai on fire, evil and suffering.
"Petri is a lyrical poet who has deliberately gone sour... To understand him is to understand the declining years of European Communism and to sharpen our eyes for intimate half-truths of our own." (George Szirtes)
Today in Hungary any intellectual who feels
responsible for the community and tries to mediate, faces serious
difficulties. If someone wants to write about public issues and social
questions, independently and in an unbiased way, they could easily be
forced into a strict dichotomy and mindless political logic. A kind of
courage is needed, therefore, in order to speak up, because each word
could touch a nerve.