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.
Péter Hajnóczy's recently discovered book follows the stories of ordinary people who got caught up in the net of the corrupt mental institutions of socialist Hungary where there was no one to protect the patients and from where there was no escape.
"These poems, inspired by
paintings, are in no way interpretations of paintings. They are, rather,
interpretations of existence, like the poem about Boudin. Nothing
happens; the wind lifts a scarf, that sort of thing. But in the meantime
there is a whole drama about the meaning of life. How free are we? To
what extent are the unhappy guilty?" (Extract from an interview with Péter Kántor)