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.
A godless book. No one looks after Spiró’s hero, the short-sighted, ugly and scrawny Uri. No one looks after the world, either – even though the period in which Captivity is set, the first century C.E., abounds in deities.
Dutch writer-journalist Toine Heijmans was the guest of Café Amsterdam Festival in Budapest. Orsolya Réthelyi talked to the writer about his first novel, "On the Sea," that has been awarded the prestigious French prize, Prix Médicis étranger.
The lucky few experience an annunciation. The bellies of the rest remain silent. The doctor himself doesn’t know what is happening at such times. Not really. His hands are merely holding the Lord’s hand.
In the first half of the 1960s, when I was born, and in the second half of the decade, when my memories begin, the village was entering the final phases of its narrative, bitter, sad, already less idyllic, weighted down by strains. The deep fissure, however, was not drawn between the village and the world outside the village, but within the village itself.