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.
Krasznahorkai’s apocalypse is an apocalypse without resolution, hence an apocalypse without end – without the literal 'catharsis' of the Christian tale of judgment and salvation. For the narrating Beast, we ourselves are the alien matter, whose removal would bring the earth itself no catharsis, only the stance of a theatre left barren and void.
Elina Hirvonen, a Finnish writer and filmmaker visited Budapest on the occasion of the publication of her second novel in Hungarian. We talked to her about Africa, motherhood, and the link between suffering and strength.
Lázár, widely read for his children’s tales and tales for adults, and Tar, who is read by a smaller circle of admirers for his beautifully told somber stories, seem like an odd couple, indeed, a seemingly haphazard choice of authors.