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.
An accurate enough version of a contemporary, disillusioned Hungarian zeitgeist, this novel is an uncompromising rebellion against consumerism, bourgeois values, and ultimately, all the banalities of social norms and interpersonal Catch-22’s.
He was very honest with himself in his autobiography, he was balancing
between fiction and reality in the book written for his grandchildren,
and he made fiction out of facts in his historical novels. - An
interview with Per Olov Enquist in Budapest.
Originally published in 1985 and republished in 2010 to great critical
acclaim, Szilárd Rubin's "Roman Numeral One" is a poetic recollection
of an impossible love story between a middle-aged writer who "has grown
old but has never managed to grow up", and an enigmatic, fiercely
independent and frivolous dentist called Piroska.