Fever at Dawn

by Péter Gárdos, Elizabeth Szász

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Fever at Dawn by Péter Gárdos, Elizabeth Szász
You might not believe this story but it really happened. It's July 1945. Miklos, a Hungarian survivor of Belsen, lands up in a refugee camp in Sweden. He's skin and bone, and he has no teeth. The doctor says he has only months to live. But Miklos has other plans.

He whistles up a list of 117 young Hungarian women in another camp across the forests of Sweden. In his beautiful handwriting he writes to each of them. He writes obsessively, sitting in the shade of a tree in the hospital garden. One of these young women, he is sure, will become his wife.

In a camp hundreds of kilometres away Lili reads his letter. Idly, she decides to write back. Letter by letter the pair fall in love. In December 1945 they find a way to meet. They only have three days together. And they fall in love all over again.

But there are other forces at work, people and institutions who do not believe either of these lovers should find each other ...

Based on the beautifully crafted letters penned in 1945 by the author's father as a young man, this is a fierce, heart-rending story of love against the odds, and an astonishing tale of how, in its most pure and powerful form, love can outwit death.
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Fever at Dawn by Péter Gárdos, Elizabeth Szász