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Family Tales of War - Péter Gárdos

Thursday 5 October 2017, 7pm
Knowledge Centre, The British Library
96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB London




Family Tales of War -
Péter Gárdos in the British Library

The British Library in cooperation with the Hungarian Cultural Centre present Péter Gárdos, writer of the novel Fever at Dawn in London

Authors around Europe are writing about history through the lens of family histories. What does this trend reveal about how literature reconciles the personal with the national, even international experience?

In an evening of readings and discussion, leading authors Dulce Maria Cardoso of Portugal, Martin Fahrner of the Czech Republic, Polish-Ukrainian author Zanna Sloniowska, and Péter Gárdos of Hungary discuss how they use family stories to tell wider stories of war and its impact across Europe.
Chaired by Anita Sethi, an award-winning journalist, writer and critic.

Part of the European Writers' Tour 2017 which is a EUNIC London project coordinated by the Instituto Camões (Portugal) in partnership with the Royal Society of Literature and the British Library.

Fever at Dawn is a remarkable post-war love story of how a young man given six months to live decides to find a wife. The determined and romantic young man writes to 117 women...

Some might not believe this story, but it really happened. July 1945, a Hungarian post-war survivor ends up in a refugee camp in Sweden. He's skin and bone, and he has no teeth. His doctor says he has only six months to live. But Miklós has other plans. He whistles up a list of 117 young Hungarian women in another camp across the pines of Sweden. In his beautiful cursive hand, he writes to each of them. One of them, he is sure, will become his wife.
Based on the absurd, hopeful, funny letters penned by the author's father as a young man, this heart-rending story of endurance shows the death-defying power of the human will to live and to love.

Péter Gárdos is a Hungarian film director with more than 20 international awards at major film festivals. Fever at Dawn is his first novel and is based on the true story of his parents.Three days after his father Miklos' death, the author's mother decided to tell him the story of how she met his father. She gave the author a pack of letters bound with two coloured ribbons that hadn't been opened since 1946, more than half a century earlier. The author read them in a single night. They revealed a heart-stopping love story, which is the basis for this novel.

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