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 story of The Restless
begins in 1853, and follows the destiny through half of Europe of a
Hungarian family who had escaped from their homeland after the failure
of the revolution and struggle for independence against the Habsburgs in
"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.
The Hungarian language is isolated. The Hungarian language means death for world literature. To write poetry in Hungarian is galley slavery. The Hungarian language is exceptionally suitable for poetry.