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.
The long list of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for 2008 has been announced. Péter Nádas' Own Death, an account of the writer's heart attack, with a hundred and sixty photos of one single tree taken by the author, is among the 137 books nominated by libraries the world over. – Zsófia Bán's review.
György Spiró’s new novel Captivity (Fogság), the Hungarian literary sensation of the year, is a reconstruction of the period from around the death of Christ until the Jewish War. Uri, the protagonist of the novel, is selected to be a member of the delegation that takes the Pesach tax of Roman Jews to Jerusalem. Through his adventures we get an extremely lively picture of contemporary Rome, Jerusalem and Alexandria. – An interview with the author by Erika Csontos.
No one had officially told the schoolchildren in Cluj what they were
going to portray. All they knew was that they were preparing for a
celebration. Then it suddenly dawned on her: the mass of schoolkids were
going to portray the Great Leader, Ceaușescu himself, and she is going
to be his mouth.
Shakespeare is an appealing cultural commodity in present-day Hungary. Even today, however, teenagers mostly face an archival and canonical view of Shakespeare’s plays, though there has been a shift towards a more up-to-date appreciation.