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 long list of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for 2008 has been announced. Péter Nádas' Own Death, an account of the writer's heart attack, with a hundred and sixty photos of one single tree taken by the author, is among the 137 books nominated by libraries the world over. – Zsófia Bán's review.
"A big motivation for me in writing The Sisters Brothers was to do things you don't normally see in the
western genre. Typically, for example, the killers in a western are
nearly mute, and sort of stupid, or cruel. So I made my killer
protagonist a talkative, smart, poetic neurotic."
...when he went to the cemetery to see his parents,
because he hadn’t been out there in years, I caught myself counting how
many headstones I could find of people who had died younger than me, and
he was relieved to note that on this earth, it did not count as bad
manners to die at the age of forty-three....
The commander of the death-squad personally responsible for the murder of Miklós Radnóti – perhaps the greatest poet of the Holocaust well known in English translation – escaped retribution for the deed. His remains rest in official burial grounds reserved for the heroes of the Hungarian Republic.