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.
A quick glance at recently published Hungarian prose suggests that the past continues to be the most popular subject in modern literature today. László Darvasi’s latest work seems no different. First impressions, however, are frequently misleading.
"I wanted to know who, why and how was involved in ruining the first half of my life." - Poet Zsófia Balla moved from Romania to Hungary shortly after the regime change in 1989. We asked her about her decision to request the surveillance file by the Romanian Secret Service (the Securitate) targeting her during communism.
"It's only later that I learn the best. A droplet from everybody's sample is meant to be put in a spider. I was also injected into a spider and they were waiting to see what web it was going to weave. What web my spider was going to weave. If it was going to be nice and orderly, then my conscience is not broken, if jumbled, well then, unfortunately, it is broken, then I'm schizophrenic. "