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
In Budapest no literate person can grow up without some sense of the Krúdy mystique that still hovers in the air, and harks back to the latter-day, "peacetime" splendors of the Monarchy that evaporated, along with so very much else, around 1918.
The Word becomes mortal and vulnerable when it is made flesh. The poem
stutters when it talks about body. Through individual stories of
suffering and philosophical odes, Szilárd Borbély’s volume, To the Body, tests the divine and the poetic word against the human experience of existing in a body.
Father clambered in order to feel around the place of the tongue that
was not to be found... The onlookers, affronted to
their toll-paying core, nodded away. They had not paid good money out
for this. Father checked the mouths of all four lions but did not find a
tongue in any. Tumult, as the district rag put it.