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.
Reading stage plays and cookbooks requires a split state of consciousness. As a reader, one often wonders whether it would not be wiser to actually see the play and eat the food – for example, that "green herb soup / with smoked salmon stripes".
"Politics is important, but it is not the most important thing in life. But since we can only skirt around the really important things, we tend to choose something that is less important but still important enough, and give our lives to it."
Written in Italy in the 1950s, "Funeral Oration" is a lament about the fate of the exile who, having lost his home and his property, is now in danger of losing his native tongue and his cultural heritage.
A middle-aged husband unable to provide for his wife and mother-in-law after the local meat-packing plant closed down decides to commit suicide. An infotainment show host arrives to sign a contract whereby he will do it live on television.