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.
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.
"Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends. As you have probably heard, a baby girl weighing fourteen pounds was born in Cuba, without a single glint of the terrible Cuban Caesarean butcher knife in the light of the labour room. Whenever we lend a crutch to our imagination limping in such topics, we chance upon - or rather are stared in the face by it from the very first paragraph - size, as an important factor."
While in some parts of the world writers often appear in the media, and even lend their faces to ads, Hungarian writers rarely seem to descend from the ivory tower. So a poet advertising a dish soap still causes consternation for many.