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.
"Prae" is a huge
mock-encyclopaedia of whatever we know (or its author knows) about mind
and matter, history and self, language and reality, fact and fiction,
man and woman. Its stance is a sort of Olympian irreverence of the
writer as philosopher-clown toward controlling and ordering constructs of every
"Curiosity in my view is a moral virtue, a curious person is a better person than those who are not curious." – Dóra Szekeres talked to Amos Oz, the Guest of Honour of this year's Budapest Book Festival.
For a long time now Szabados wanted a bigger apartment so the children
could have separate rooms, but he could never manage it, and now it was
too late, he’ll just have to accept it. His dreams had come to naught.
And so have lots of other things.
With its objects and its environment, St Stephen's Park in Budapest encapsulates the ways in which recent history was monumentalised in Hungary by various ideologies. - This introductory essay is a fitting hors d'oeuvre to the essays revolving around cultural memory, edited by a team of scholars at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.