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.
Diving deep into the traumatic past of the largest multiethnic city in the province of Vojvodina (today part of Serbia), the book gives a remarkable account of how the fragile hopes for peaceful coexistence are shattered by the violent waves of history.
One of the most acclaimed representatives of francophone literature,
Agota Kristof was awarded the most prestigious Hungarian state prize. When she
visited Hungary last year, she thought she would never come back again,
but now she came to take the award. We talked to Agota Kristof in Budapest.
Laura Iancu (1978) was born in Magyarfalu, in the Romanian region of Moldavia, a member of the Hungarian Csango ethnic group. She moved to Hungary to study, and has lived there ever since. She has published two volumes of poetry and a volume of Csango folk tales to date.
Since 1964, Hungary has celebrated the Day of Poetry each year on 11 April, the birthday of Attila József, whom many Hungarians consider their greatest poet of the 20th century. On this occasion, Litera asked some poets to define what we talk about when we talk about poetry.