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 quality of Ádám Bodor's humour is akin to the hardly perceptible smile of a
Buddhist—as it appears on the smeary face of Eastern Europe. And it can
turn into the grimace of horror in any given moment.
"Eating disorders and the Soviet Union—maybe they seem like very
different subjects, and first I was hesitating how it would work. But
then I thought this was a way to get very different readers." - An interview with Finnish writer Sofi Oksanen.
How is the homeland represented in the works of authors from different cultures: this was the question asked by the organizers of the 2009 PEN World Voices festival. Here is what László Garaczi had to say.