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.
Fehér’s novel contains all of the elements characteristic of Hungarian society and culture at the time of the regime change. What emerges is the often-mentioned image of a cobbled-together Hungary, complete with a motley, lurching collection of objects and people.
"I was never the rebel type so maybe it's some kind of delayed rebellion for me, something I didn't dare to do when I was that age. Somehow I managed to put my finger on something that bothers many people these days." – Benedek Totth talks us about his debut novel Dead Heat, soon to be published in English.
When a man decides to build a house and stops in front of the empty plot for the first time, he involuntarily puts his hand on his wife’s shoulder and is lost in reveries. In the course of the next fifteen, twenty years, this gesture will become less frequent, or it will stop altogether, but that’s not what you think about at a time like this.
How is the homeland represented in the works of authors from different cultures: this was the question asked by the organizers of the 2009 PEN World Voices festival. Here is what László Garaczi had to say.