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.
Esther Kinsky arrived in Battonya, a town in the south-east of Hungary, from Berlin. About five years ago, she
was held up at the customs. Stuck at a railway station, she looked for a
place to sleep, and eventually she did not continue her trip to Serbia
and Romania as planned. Ever since, she has written two novels about her
experiences in German.
One of the most acclaimed representatives of francophone literature,
Agota Kristof was awarded the most prestigious Hungarian state prize. When she
visited Hungary last year, she thought she would never come back again,
but now she came to take the award. We talked to Agota Kristof in Budapest.
"My name is Alina Moldova. I come from Eastern Europe (...)
I have amalgam fillings in my teeth, in my heart I carry an inherited dread. When I speak English, no one understands me, when I speak French, no one understands me, It is only the language of fear that I speak without an accent."
The art collection of Milán Füst, one of the most influential figures in 20th century Hungarian literature, and his wife, Erzsébet Helfer. - Exhibition at the Petőfi Literary Museum, Budapest, open until 15 November 2015.