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Fever at Dawn

by Péter Gárdos and translated by Elizabeth Szász
# UM7352 Paperback, 240 pages; 2017 (2016)
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Three weeks after World War II ends, twenty-three-year-old Miklós, a Hungarian concentration-camp survivor, arrives at a Swedish hospital, his lungs riddled with tuberculosis. His prognosis is grim—six months to live—but Miklós will have none of it. Instead, the irrepressible young man sits down and writes 117 letters, all to female camp survivors from Hungary who are also convalescing in Sweden. Several women respond, but one stands out: eighteen-year-old Lili. Both Miklós and Lili are anxious to put the traumas of the war behind them, and what better way to do so than to fall in love? Based on the incredible true story of filmmaker Péter Gárdos's parents' epistolary romance, Fever at Dawn is a moving, at times playful, tale of two young people who survive the worst humanity had to offer…and face an uncertain future with determination and hope. (KG)
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