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.
Our nostalgic feeling for the piping days of peace is so insistent that
it will soon cease to have anything to do with the real story of the
Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. This nostalgia is the topic and the tone of
István Kerékgyártó’s novel, Milán Trüffel, or the Life of an Adventurer.
György Spiró’s new novel Captivity (Fogság), the Hungarian literary sensation of the year, is a reconstruction of the period from around the death of Christ until the Jewish War. Uri, the protagonist of the novel, is selected to be a member of the delegation that takes the Pesach tax of Roman Jews to Jerusalem. Through his adventures we get an extremely lively picture of contemporary Rome, Jerusalem and Alexandria. – An interview with the author by Erika Csontos.
Chickens rotate slowly in a shop window. Six plucked chickens. The place
is no longer called a butcher shop; it is Meat Palace now. We’re having
a heat wave. The grilled chickens complete another turn on the spit.
Celebrated postmodern author Péter Esterházy is currently making Hungarian literary headlines in more contexts than one. Beside the timely billowing of birthday laudations as Esterházy turns 60 this Wednesday, his infamously liberal use of borrowed "guest texts" has also been getting a considerable share of public lambasting recently. Whether or not a fair share is a matter of renewed debate.