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.
Andreï Makine, Russian by birth but writing in French, was one of the
participants at the Budapest Book Festival in April 2011. In a talk organized at the
festival, Makine told his audience about his new book, Alternaissance,
published under the pseudonym of Gabriel Osmonde.
No one had officially told the schoolchildren in Cluj what they were
going to portray. All they knew was that they were preparing for a
celebration. Then it suddenly dawned on her: the mass of schoolkids were
going to portray the Great Leader, Ceaușescu himself, and she is going
to be his mouth.
I had always known that a time would come when I was going to
have to swim across the Danube. Everybody knows it is something they
have to do some time, despite which most people never do it; they die
without having done so.