Fever at Dawn

Fever at Dawn Review

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 girls, all of whom are being treated in the Swedish camps, with the aim of eventually choosing a wife from among them.

Two 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 back.

The slightly formal 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 them.

Based 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 love.

Title:Fever at Dawn
Edition Language:English

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  • Jennifer

    I struggled with how to properly convey my thoughts about this book."Fever at Dawn" is a fictionalized account about the love story of author Peter Gardos's parents, Miklos and Lili, who are both Holo...

  • Sandra

    "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 chattin...

  • Sherwood Smith

    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 conti...

  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)

    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 d...

  • Marianne

    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 su...

  • Pio

    Một câu chuyện rất đặc biệt và khác thường ở chỗ anh nam chính thả thính theo cách công nghiệp với thần thái tự tin đậm chất Hungary =))...

  • Cristiana de Sousa

    Uma escrita boa mas ficou só por aí. Tive um claro problema com as expectativas que depositei na história. Esperava algo mais sobre o holocausto e isso não aconteceu. Ainda bem que o livro é curt...

  • Maria Roxana

    ”La prânz, în timpul mesei, tot la tine m-am gândit, pentru că ne-au dat sos de roșii și știu că ție îți place foarte mult.Dragul meu copilaș, te iubesc atât de mult!”...

  • Constantin Pi?tea

    Aceasta este povestea părinţilor lui Péter Gárdos, ambii supravieţuitori ai lagărelor de concentrare din cel de-Al Doilea Război Mondial. Fără să se fi cunoscut înainte, Miklós şi Lili, d...

  • Dora Santos Marques

    A minha opinião em vídeo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kktdb...Era um livro para qual tinha imensas expectativas e fiquei um pouco desiludida.Achei-o grande demais para a história que conta. Nã...