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.
At last here is someone who, instead of musing over the wonders of Berlin, London and New York, takes the trouble to visit godforsaken parts of Eastern Europe such as Bukovina, Galicia or Backa – places in Romania, Ukraine or Serbia. The tattered jewel box rather than the glamorous one.
"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.
These days in Hungary literature has become an issue that people talk about passionately in the press, at demonstrations and on communal websites. We will now now take a brief look at two cases, one involving the changing of the national curriculum, the other the publication of a new anthology of political poems.