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.
If God seems to have forsaken the family, does it mean he still pays attention? In Péter Esterházy’s new novel, "Simple Story Comma One Hundred Pages – the Mark Version," these and similar questions pile up on page after slowly drifting page.
Kjell Westö (1961), who belongs to Finland's Swedish minority, won the Finlandia Prize for his grand novel on Finnish history from 1906 to World War II, and the Nordic Council Literature Prize for his recent novel that takes place just before World War II. Writer Noémi Szécsi interviewed Westö at the Budapest Book Festival in April 2015.
"The good is now closed, flooded by the Danube. A dragon sails across it, an ant makes its way on a barge. Yet whether by water or by road, neither of them knows. The water wants only the good. And now wants it very much."