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.
The story of The Restless
begins in 1853, and follows the destiny through half of Europe of a
Hungarian family who had escaped from their homeland after the failure
of the revolution and struggle for independence against the Habsburgs in
Dutch writer-journalist Toine Heijmans was the guest of Café Amsterdam Festival in Budapest. Orsolya Réthelyi talked to the writer about his first novel, "On the Sea," that has been awarded the prestigious French prize, Prix Médicis étranger.
Reminiscent of Woolf's "The Waves" yet unmistakably Hungarian in its depiction of the post-socialist heritage, "Fingering Me" is a collection of short story-like vignettes or diary entries, told alternately by a male and a female narrator.
Corvina Publishing House in Budapest has spent decades in the business of conveying classic and modern Hungarian literature to foreigners. The director of the publishing house talks about the chances of Hungarian books finding their way to an audience outside Hungary.