Ervin Lázár is the creator of a genre we may safely call
Central European folk surrealism, which takes on the quality of a
hallucinatory exploration into that part of the soul where beauty, hope,
and yearning live in close proximity with the harsh realities of life.
"Those that I ‘intend’ my books for are all kinds of
people, but they are definitely not aristocratic, definitely not part of
the social elite... they are the
elite of the injured, the aristocracy of those who are helpless beyond
recovery." - An interview with László Krasznahorkai on fire, evil and suffering.
Father clambered in order to feel around the place of the tongue that
was not to be found... The onlookers, affronted to
their toll-paying core, nodded away. They had not paid good money out
for this. Father checked the mouths of all four lions but did not find a
tongue in any. Tumult, as the district rag put it.