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 dethroned king with a dreamy nature and little aptitude in matters of finance goes into exile. – Szerb’s unduly underrated last novel, written in one of the darkest years of the last century and set in Europe in the “piping days of peace”, has been recently published in English by Pushkin Press.
A terrible throne. It hovers above / the vortex of a pillar of fire. / Instead of seraphs and griffins, small figures / bustle below, their bones aglow. / Their brittle arms: a blighted forest / of flapping wings or flailing rods / gesticulating, lost in space / amidst the silent spokes of light.
...the man, while he was reading his essay, deliberately had his tie hang into the soup. His name was Miklós Erdély, and his gesture of having his tie hang into the soup was a forbidden form of artistic expression in Hungary at that time.