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.
More than just three "Portraits of a
Marriage", as promised by the title, Márai's novel, now translated into English, paints three portraits of a society, a class, and
an era in Hungary—from the interwar years to the aftermath of World
War II and the beginning of the Communist era.
"Ernő Szép was and is an important, noble, peculiar and outstanding
figure of 20th century world poetry." "It would be stupid and senseless
to measure in years or decades. Very early on, Ernő Szép already had his
own, so to say, zen mind and zen voice... his own koan and haiku style."
This year's Budapest Film Week, the major event of Hungarian filmmakers, was again rich in literary adaptations. A feature by director Zoltán Kamondi, Dolina, was based on Ádám Bodor's 1999 novel, The Visit of the Archbishop.