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.
Fulfilled love, lessened by yearning for a home country swept away by history. Andrea Tompa's new book is a novel of historical traumas, assimilation, as well a novel about the city of Cluj before and after the First World War.
"Eating disorders and the Soviet Union—maybe they seem like very
different subjects, and first I was hesitating how it would work. But
then I thought this was a way to get very different readers." - An interview with Finnish writer Sofi Oksanen.
Writers and poets were intensively spied upon in the forty years of the
Kádár era. After his book on agents on the rock music scene, Tamás
Szőnyei has written a monumental study on informers who specialized in