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.
What of the remnants of Eastern culture in the East itself? This is the question that prompted Krasznahorkai’s writing of Destruction and Sorrow beneath the Heavens, which the author himself in one interview termed a “literary reportage” – not quite a novel, but something more than a travel diary.
"Perhaps my novel could be called a search for identity on a national and personal – not to mention, pharmaceutical – level." - Interview with Matt Henderson Ellis, American expat author living in Budapest and editor of the Budapest-based literary review Pilvax Magazine.
"What I was able to create... a couple of novels of
various lengths, five or six volumes of short stories and two plays, I
created more or less in secret, and I did so in the precious few hours I
was able to wrench from the inexorable march of history. Perhaps this
is why I have always striven for economy and precision, looking for the
essence, often in haste."
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.”