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.
It may well be that (some) Hungarian critics regard Budapest Noir the first truly “noir” Hungarian thriller, but I wouldn’t go quite that
far. It is not a James Ellroy, more something in the older mould:
Maigret, say, or Perry Mason, at most a Philip Marlowe, say, but none
the worse for that.
"Eating disorders and the Soviet Union—maybe they seem like very
different subjects, and first I was hesitating how it would work. But
then I thought this was a way to get very different readers." - An interview with Finnish writer Sofi Oksanen.
Krisztián Grecsó's novel resonates with the heavy and
magical tones of Central Europe, taking its reader through the whole of
the Carpathian Basin in the twentieth century, from Romania and Transylvania through Hungary to the Austrian Alps.
The Hungarian literary scene has only recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the rebirth in 1986 of the notable literary periodical Újhold (New Moon), which originally existed between 1946-1948. This is an important anniversary for contemporary literature which found its roots in the New Moon generation.