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.
Fulfilled love, lessened by yearning for a home country swept away by history. Andrea Tompa's new book is a novel of historical traumas, assimilation, as well a novel about the city of Cluj before and after the First World War.
In 1983, literary historian Lóránt Kabdebó conducted a series of interviews with Miklós Szentkuthy. These interviews — confessions — were later published in a book form. The excerpt published here is about the genealogy of Szentkuthy's monumental masterpiece, Prae, forthcoming in English from Contra Mundum Press.
Written in Italy in the 1950s, "Funeral Oration" is a lament about the fate of the exile who, having lost his home and his property, is now in danger of losing his native tongue and his cultural heritage.
His long, beautifully written secret reports were highly critical of my works, many of which he helped to complete. He called them “the products of a madman” to his state security employers. “Let us give him more state commissions,” he wrote in one of his reports, “so he won’t have time for his own anti-socialist stupidities.”