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.
Now they had been released, and they were impudently happy, being on the
point of shouting ‘Long live the Tsar!’ or ‘Long live the First
Secretary!’ (or the Regent, or the chief shaman of the Hungarians), but
fortunately for them they did not shout any of these things—they
instinctively had more taste. Not to mention the four harsh years of
their jail sentences, though admittedly those had ended.