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.
Ervin Lázár is the creator of a genre we may safely call Central European folk surrealism, which takes on the quality of a hallucinatory exploration into that part of the soul where beauty, hope, and yearning live in close proximity with the harsh realities of life.
In this latest addition to the series of interviews on our sister website Litera, Tim Wilkinson looks back on his career as a literary translator while also discussing his personal dreams and revealing which works have offered the greatest challenges, yet still proved to be the most rewarding.
"There are some who love like the hare lost on the motorway, entrapped in spotlights. / There are some who love like the lion that tears apart what it desires. / There are some who love like the pilot loves the town on which he drops his bombs. / There are some who love like the radar that directs planes in the air."
To combat the view of Hungarians as gloomy and serious, we will now recommend a few Hungarian books that you can actually read on the beach or on the terrace, while sipping wine and enjoying the summer.