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Hajnali láz

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Girls all of whom are being treated in the Swedish camps with the aim of eventually choosing a wife from among themTwo hundred kilometres away in another Swedish rehabilitation camp nineteen year old Lili receives Miklós’s letter Since she is bedridden for three weeks due to a serious kidney problem out of boredom and curiosity she decides to write backThe slightly formal. Copy received courtesy of NetGalleyIt’s so rare that Hungarian or Polish or Estonian writers get translated into English that I’m always keeping an eye out for works from that portion of the continent So when notice came up on NetGalley of this one “translated from Hungarian” I decided to take a chance Even thought that meant my rule of avoiding fiction about the Holocaust But in a way I haven’t broken my rule because this book reads like the fictional overlay is so light as to be ephemeral; it’s based on the love letters exchanged between the author’s parents found by him after his father’s death He had never been told their story—a silence that I have discovered in meeting children of survivors that is not unusual at all It’s three weeks after the end of World War II and Miklos one of just over two hundred concentration camp survivors is being shipped to Sweden for hospitalization He’s a mess—no teeth bashed in face weighing about 64 pounds and coughing up bloodBut when he gets to the hospital he has written to the Swedish Office for Refugees and obtains the names of 117 Hungarian young women whom various hospitals are trying to bring back to lifeMiklos has exuisite handwriting and he sends letters to all 117 of them because he wants to get married And out of the few who write back to him he decides that Lili is the one for him and sets about trying to woo her by letter while meanwhile dealing with the fact that the doctors give him six months to live and try to talk him out of itEighteen year old Lili in her hospital is a bit of a pet of her doctor who watches carefully over her; we find out later that she lay with hundreds of starved to death concentration camp victims when her camp was liberated But the doctor happened to turn happened to look and caught the movement of her finger Now she has kidney problems but she too ignores those as she befriends two young women who talk about love men and put together concerts for fellow women but which end up packed by male patients as well One encourages her to answer the letter and look for romance the other does with ambivalence—and is increasingly dismayed as the unlikely friendship develops and does her best to torpedo itThe story switches back and forth between the two with excerpts from their letters The form is somewhat choppy—the novel reads like a novelized screenplay except the details are poignantly sometimes painfully often hilariously real The voice is humorous but the truth resonating from some of the details never lets the reader forget the horror of those relatively few years that shaped the rest of their lives and had so strong an impact on their children Like Lili being excited to transfer to a new hospital until she sees that it has a tall central smoke stack Detials like that hit hard in the otherwise warm vivid flowWhen Miklos gets on the train to meet Lili at last one of the lenses of his glasses is broken so he stuffs the frame with newspaper never giving it a second thoughtI suspect that to get the full impact of many of the casually thrown away details the reader needs to be aware of how concentration camps were run and after the war was over the fact that there were some twenty million displaces persons in Europe most of them with nothing left but the ragged clothes they stood up in And how stressed the war exhausted nations—like Sweden—were yet still they managed to find ways to take in these broken people nurse them to health and try to find the remnants of their families and homes The details are sometimes hilariously haphazard underscoring how in spite of the excruciating mental physical emotional cost of their experience there is still a strong yearning for hope for life These people want to live like Miklos’s friend who is worried that he can’t get an erection as he wants to find a woman; but there are limits Another lugubrious man receives notice that his wife is alive after all and the entire dormitory parades around singing to celebrate with him but Miklos had heard witnesses say that she’d been shot down by SS guards and he can’t bear to speak upThough Miklos and Lili and their vividly evoked friends are at the center the backbone of the story is Rabbi Emil Kronheim who travels endlessly calling on Jews to help them if he can or just to listen There is a powerful conversation between Miklos and the Rabbi later in the book about being Jewish and God; Miklos is an atheist and a communist a very enthusiastic communist which opens up another door into painful poignancy because we know what’s going to happen with respect to the Iron Curtain and the Rabbi exhorts him not to turn away from his fellow Jews God or no God And he exerts himself on behalf of this coupleLikewise Lili had on her rescue thrown away her Jewish background and claimed a random Catholic name for her mother which resulted in her being fostered by a Catholic family Of course the Refugee office can’t find her mother under the false name and therein is yet another short but powerful poignant bit when Lili’s mother comes into the storyTo conclude the book is not long and its form is episodic told in an often tongue in cheek manner but it has stayed with me in the several weeks since my reading I particularly recommend it to readers who enjoyed The Hare with Amber Eyes

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Twenty five year old Holocaust survivor Miklós is being shipped from the Bergen Belsen concentration camp to Gotland Sweden to receive treatment at the Larbro Hospital Here he is sentenced to death again he is diagnosed with tuberculosis and his doctors inform him that he has six months to live But Miklós decides to wage war on his own fate he writes 117 letters to 117 Hungarian. Dear Nora Dear Erzsébet Dear Lili Dear Zsuzsa Dear Sára Dear Seréna Dear Ágnes Dear Giza Dear Baba Dear Katalin Dear Judit Dear Gabriella You are probably used to strangers chatting you up when you speak Hungarian for no better reason than they are Hungarian too We men can be so bad mannered For example I addressed you by your first name on the pretext that we grew up in the same town I don’t know whether you already know me from Debrecen 117 of these letters were sent out to young Hungarian Jewish women by Miklós in the hope of finding himself a wife before he dies He has just been diagnosed with tuberculosis and while his doctor has given him only a few months to live he can't just let it 'go' after having survived the war10 of those women respond and Lili is the one he attaches toIn the following months these two have set up a whole correspondence going back and forth and are ready to take it to the next level He couldn’t help himself He took great joy in the process of writing; it helped him understand things and he was genuinely curious about the lives of these girls Based on the story of Gárdos' parents it makes for an charming story The writing was good althought there was a certain lack of cohesiveness At times it looked like several letters were missing in the correspondence as the couple's reactions for example was either too exaggerated or too aloof for the status the relationsship should have been at that point All in all it was an enjoyable and entertaining read Review copy supplied by publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a rating andor review

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Exchange of letters becomes increasingly intimate When the two finally manage to meet they fall in love and are determined to marry despite the odds that are against themBased on the original letters written by Miklós and Lili ninety six altogether Fever at Dawn is a tale of passion striving and betrayal; true and false friendships; doubt and faith; and the redeeming power of lov. It is the end of WWII Miklos is on his way to Sweden to recover after being liberated from a concentration camp He is a mere 29 kilograms He is ill his teeth were so poor they were replaced with metal dentures and he has rampart tuberculosis with doctors giving him only six months to live But something the nazis did not take from Miklos was hope and his desire to live This is a theme that runs continuously through the book Miklos even at the most dire of moments even when things seem insurmountable still looks for hope and finds a way through things Miklos makes the impossible possible purely through sheer force of willThis book is based on the love letters and stories of the author's parents For me this was important to keep in mind because it does bring a bias to the story It is clear Gardos loved his parents and wanted to share their story it is a story of hope of strength of the remarkable ability of the human spirit to endure These areas in the book shine like a beacon resonant with truth But I found the book stubbornly unwilling to leave the light and explore the dark How is it Miklos at 29 kilograms terminally ill having faced horrors I can't even imagine remains so hopeful What is it that has buoyed him I imagine that as an author it would be very difficult to submerge yourself in the pain your parents experienced which is why the author may have chosen to focus n the romance But for me without the exploration of the dark the book lacked shade and depthThe other bias that seeps through is the unconditional positive regard the author has for his father in the book To be honest I didn't like some of the choices Miklos made choosing to continue writing to and possibly leading on other women even once recognising Lili as The One An independent writer may have explored that and the reasons why Miklos did However in this book it was glossed overThis is a sweet novel and gives the story of two people who show how they started to recover from the horrors of the war Whilst not really alike at all I had the feeling while reading that those who enjoyed books such as Letters from Skye will enjoy this novel a lot

  • Hardcover
  • 304
  • Hajnali láz
  • Péter Gárdos
  • English
  • 24 October 2017
  • 9781487001056

About the Author: Péter Gárdos

Péter Gárdos was born in Budapest in 1948 He is a multiple award winning film and theatre director As a director he has received than twenty international awards at major film festivals among them the Jury’s Special Award at the Montreal Film Festival and the Golden Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival Based on the true story of his parents Fever at Dawn is his first novel



10 thoughts on “Hajnali láz

  1. says:

    A delightful love story of Jewish survivors from the concentration camps after WW II The author is a Hungarian film director and the book is translated from the Hungarian He based the story on love letters between his parents that he found after their deathsSweden had taken in hundreds of survivors from the camps and housed them in men’s and women’s facilities His parents were both recovering from severe malnutrition and disease; in fact his father’s diagnosis from TB gave him six months to live but his father refused to believe that He started looking for a wife by sending hand written letters to 117 women from the area where he grew up He won one woman over with his letters They met months later because their re hab facilities in Sweden were hundreds of miles apart and eventually they married The story contains many uotes from their letters back and forth We do not learn about the horrors of the camps except in shocking snippets For example we learn that his father was forced to burn bodies of victims at Bergen Belsen and that his mother was pulled out of a pile of dead bodies when the camp was liberated and a doctor happened to notice a finger move in the pileAn uplifting story of love and survival told with tenderness and humor Group photograph of Jewish female survivors of Bergen Belsen now convalescing in Sweden posted by Helen Laks

  2. says:

    I struggled with how to properly convey my thoughts about this bookFever at Dawn is a fictionalized account about the love story of author Peter Gardos's parents Miklos and Lili who are both Holocaust survivors After being liberated from their separate concentration camps Miklos and Lili are each taken to Sweden where they are sent to recuperate in hospitals Miklos learns that having survived the Nazis he has developed a virulent tuberculosis which will claim his life in 6 months or less Deciding he has no time to lose Miklos begins a letter writing campaign to introduce himself all the displaced Hungarian Jewish women in Sweden which is how he meets LiliWhile their real life story deserves 5 stars the book doesn't uite measure up There were moments of whimsy humor and at times a feeling of hope but in general the book felt choppy and dull Originally written in Hungarian it seems that something the language tone or flow was lost in translation 25 starsThank you to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review

  3. says:

    Dear Nora Dear Erzsébet Dear Lili Dear Zsuzsa Dear Sára Dear Seréna Dear Ágnes Dear Giza Dear Baba Dear Katalin Dear Judit Dear Gabriella You are probably used to strangers chatting you up when you speak Hungarian for no better reason than they are Hungarian too We men can be so bad mannered For example I addressed you by your first name on the pretext that we grew up in the same town I don’t know whether you already know me from Debrecen 117 of these letters were sent out to young Hungarian Jewish women by Miklós in the hope of finding himself a wife before he dies He has just been diagnosed with tuberculosis and while his doctor has given him only a few months to live he can't just let it 'go' after having survived the war10 of those women respond and Lili is the one he attaches toIn the following months these two have set up a whole correspondence going back and forth and are ready to take it to the next level He couldn’t help himself He took great joy in the process of writing; it helped him understand things and he was genuinely curious about the lives of these girls Based on the story of Gárdos' parents it makes for an charming story The writing was good althought there was a certain lack of cohesiveness At times it looked like several letters were missing in the correspondence as the couple's reactions for example was either too exaggerated or too aloof for the status the relationsship should have been at that point All in all it was an enjoyable and entertaining read Review copy supplied by publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a rating andor review

  4. says:

    Copy received courtesy of NetGalleyIt’s so rare that Hungarian or Polish or Estonian writers get translated into English that I’m always keeping an eye out for works from that portion of the continent So when notice came up on NetGalley of this one “translated from Hungarian” I decided to take a chance Even thought that meant my rule of avoiding fiction about the Holocaust But in a way I haven’t broken my rule because this book reads like the fictional overlay is so light as to be ephemeral; it’s based on the love letters exchanged between the author’s parents found by him after his father’s death He had never been told their story—a silence that I have discovered in meeting children of survivors that is not unusual at all It’s three weeks after the end of World War II and Miklos one of just over two hundred concentration camp survivors is being shipped to Sweden for hospitalization He’s a mess—no teeth bashed in face weighing about 64 pounds and coughing up bloodBut when he gets to the hospital he has written to the Swedish Office for Refugees and obtains the names of 117 Hungarian young women whom various hospitals are trying to bring back to lifeMiklos has exuisite handwriting and he sends letters to all 117 of them because he wants to get married And out of the few who write back to him he decides that Lili is the one for him and sets about trying to woo her by letter while meanwhile dealing with the fact that the doctors give him six months to live and try to talk him out of itEighteen year old Lili in her hospital is a bit of a pet of her doctor who watches carefully over her; we find out later that she lay with hundreds of starved to death concentration camp victims when her camp was liberated But the doctor happened to turn happened to look and caught the movement of her finger Now she has kidney problems but she too ignores those as she befriends two young women who talk about love men and put together concerts for fellow women but which end up packed by male patients as well One encourages her to answer the letter and look for romance the other does with ambivalence—and is increasingly dismayed as the unlikely friendship develops and does her best to torpedo itThe story switches back and forth between the two with excerpts from their letters The form is somewhat choppy—the novel reads like a novelized screenplay except the details are poignantly sometimes painfully often hilariously real The voice is humorous but the truth resonating from some of the details never lets the reader forget the horror of those relatively few years that shaped the rest of their lives and had so strong an impact on their children Like Lili being excited to transfer to a new hospital until she sees that it has a tall central smoke stack Detials like that hit hard in the otherwise warm vivid flowWhen Miklos gets on the train to meet Lili at last one of the lenses of his glasses is broken so he stuffs the frame with newspaper never giving it a second thoughtI suspect that to get the full impact of many of the casually thrown away details the reader needs to be aware of how concentration camps were run and after the war was over the fact that there were some twenty million displaces persons in Europe most of them with nothing left but the ragged clothes they stood up in And how stressed the war exhausted nations—like Sweden—were yet still they managed to find ways to take in these broken people nurse them to health and try to find the remnants of their families and homes The details are sometimes hilariously haphazard underscoring how in spite of the excruciating mental physical emotional cost of their experience there is still a strong yearning for hope for life These people want to live like Miklos’s friend who is worried that he can’t get an erection as he wants to find a woman; but there are limits Another lugubrious man receives notice that his wife is alive after all and the entire dormitory parades around singing to celebrate with him but Miklos had heard witnesses say that she’d been shot down by SS guards and he can’t bear to speak upThough Miklos and Lili and their vividly evoked friends are at the center the backbone of the story is Rabbi Emil Kronheim who travels endlessly calling on Jews to help them if he can or just to listen There is a powerful conversation between Miklos and the Rabbi later in the book about being Jewish and God; Miklos is an atheist and a communist a very enthusiastic communist which opens up another door into painful poignancy because we know what’s going to happen with respect to the Iron Curtain and the Rabbi exhorts him not to turn away from his fellow Jews God or no God And he exerts himself on behalf of this coupleLikewise Lili had on her rescue thrown away her Jewish background and claimed a random Catholic name for her mother which resulted in her being fostered by a Catholic family Of course the Refugee office can’t find her mother under the false name and therein is yet another short but powerful poignant bit when Lili’s mother comes into the storyTo conclude the book is not long and its form is episodic told in an often tongue in cheek manner but it has stayed with me in the several weeks since my reading I particularly recommend it to readers who enjoyed The Hare with Amber Eyes

  5. says:

    Fever at Dawn is the first novel by award winning Hungarian film and theatre director Peter Gardos It is based on the true story of how his parents met just after the Second World War Miklos has survived Belsen; he has survived just the journey by ship to Sweden At the refugee hospital on Gotland Dr Lindholm examines his X rays and gives him the bad news he will only survive another six or seven months But Miklos is determined He does some research and begins his campaign to find a wife 117 identical letters to young female Hungarian refugees in Sweden Replies arrive but Miklos is uickly certain that Lili is the woman he will marry Convincing her is one thing; convincing the bureaucracy overseeing the refugees is another thing entirely The fact that this is based on the true story of the author’s parents guarantees the reader a happy ending but the journey is one well worth making Gardos describes life in a post war refugee camp the scarcity of luxury items; the friendships made between the refugees themselves and with the staff; the restrictions on travel; the creative entertainments games concerts dances devised to fight boredom; and the elation or heartbreak that news from Hungary could bringAs Miklos sets out to woo his beloved and overcome the bureaucracy’s inflexible rules his resourcefulness and persistence comes to the fore The letters and poetry that Miklos write for Lili are truly delightful This is a slow and steady courtship conducted by letter that often end chastely with “I send you a long warm handshake” by telephone and by chaperoned visits Three little chocolate cakes some ugly grey wool and a length of material suitable for a winter coat are the tokens of love that Miklos takes with him when he finally goes to meet Lili for the first time This heart warming tale flawlessly translated from the original Hungarian by Elizabeth Szasz is an uplifting and entertaining read there is love there is jealousy and betrayal and there is plenty of humour There is also some lovely descriptive prose “The fever as stealthy as a thief crept up stole his confidence and then vanished in the half light of dawn” is just one example Apparently Gardos has also made a feature film of this story readers can be sure that in this case the movie will be faithful to the book Recommended

  6. says:

    Not going to lie I picked up a physical copy of this book for £1 at my local Waterstones store having absolutely no idea what it was about research rule broken there Alice but since it was set during WW2 and involved the use of letters I was interested to see what Fever at Dawn had to offer Translated from the original Hungarian it is based off of the true experiences of the author Peter Gardos and his parents basically it's the love story between his parents At the end of WW2 Miklos is told that he only has six months left to live he is in a hospital ward but has a dream to get married Soon he writes over a hundred letters to over a hundred girls to see which ones would reply One of the ones that does is Lili whose parents are still missing after she was deported to a concentration camp Using real extracts from their letters Fever at Dawn was an interesting tale however the pacing wasn't smooth with some of the writing being uite choppy and difficult to connect with This book has been made into a film which I am interested to watch and feel I would enjoy that rather than the written novel The emotional connection was not there for me

  7. says:

    I received a copy of this novel in a Goodreads giveawayThe poor guy in this book just can't catch a break After surviving the atrocities of the Holocaust during WWII and being rescued from one of the concentration camps he gets sick while on board a boat to Sweden and a doctor has to perform an emergency procedure Unfortunately Miklós has only half a year left to live his life according to the doctor who diagnoses him with tuberculosis Miklós is determined to make the most of it though and he starts sending out letters to women hoping to find a wife before his untimely death He gets a reply from Lili a bored girl who like Miklós is a Holocaust survivor She has an illness keeping her bedridden and she sees writing letters to him as just being a way to pass the time However the two form a friendship and when they meet for the first time they fall in love But how can they start their lives over together when it has to end so soon? Fever At Dawn is one of those books that despite its set era will always be timeless It's a spectacular little story a testament to finding hope in the darkness a bright side to tragedy and a love so powerful that it can survive anything even death forever The author knows all the right words to capture the post WWII setting so that parts of the book almost read like poetry and it's one that no reader will ever forget I'm sure it will be really successful upon its release this April

  8. says:

    It is the end of WWII Miklos is on his way to Sweden to recover after being liberated from a concentration camp He is a mere 29 kilograms He is ill his teeth were so poor they were replaced with metal dentures and he has rampart tuberculosis with doctors giving him only six months to live But something the nazis did not take from Miklos was hope and his desire to live This is a theme that runs continuously through the book Miklos even at the most dire of moments even when things seem insurmountable still looks for hope and finds a way through things Miklos makes the impossible possible purely through sheer force of willThis book is based on the love letters and stories of the author's parents For me this was important to keep in mind because it does bring a bias to the story It is clear Gardos loved his parents and wanted to share their story it is a story of hope of strength of the remarkable ability of the human spirit to endure These areas in the book shine like a beacon resonant with truth But I found the book stubbornly unwilling to leave the light and explore the dark How is it Miklos at 29 kilograms terminally ill having faced horrors I can't even imagine remains so hopeful? What is it that has buoyed him? I imagine that as an author it would be very difficult to submerge yourself in the pain your parents experienced which is why the author may have chosen to focus n the romance But for me without the exploration of the dark the book lacked shade and depthThe other bias that seeps through is the unconditional positive regard the author has for his father in the book To be honest I didn't like some of the choices Miklos made choosing to continue writing to and possibly leading on other women even once recognising Lili as The One An independent writer may have explored that and the reasons why Miklos did However in this book it was glossed overThis is a sweet novel and gives the story of two people who show how they started to recover from the horrors of the war Whilst not really alike at all I had the feeling while reading that those who enjoyed books such as Letters from Skye will enjoy this novel a lot

  9. says:

    An utterly charming novel based on a true story of the courtship of the authors parents young Hungarian survivors of the concentration camps post WW2The novel takes place during six months that Miklos ad Lili were letter correspondents Miklos who'd survived the camps ws diagnosed with TB ad told he had only 6 months to live He writes 117 letters to young women convalesing in hospitals in Sweden where many of the Hungarian survivors were being taken care of after the horrors of their wartime experience He settles on Lili as the one and over those sic months they get to know each other through their correspondence and develop a tentative affection for each other Gárdos has written a heart warming unsentimental account of their relationship and of the characters that surrounded the two young people during this time their copatriots the doctors and nurses and the Rabbi who received letters from a concerned friend of Lili intent on stopping the liasonIt has both touching and tragic moments as all these young people wait for news of their families and loved ones moments the author resists exploiting which could have made this a much emotionally charged novel and will no doubt make it a heart rending film instead he focuses as much on the lighter positive moments the desire to overcome the death sentence to survive and the importance that the promise of love and the support and solidarity of others contributes to itHighly recommended

  10. says:

    25 I'm a little 'meh' about this one It's sweet and funny but it's fairly light The tone was good but the writing or perhaps translation didn't do anything for me A holocaust survivor love story crossed with How I Met Your Mother It will find an audience I'm sure but isn't really my thing

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