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.
Attila Balogh remarked in a recent interview that he lives in three Hells: disability, Gypsiness, and poetry. He went on to say that it is only the inferno of poetry he cannot bear. His work is certainly a journey beyond and under the edges of the known world where we never dare arrive at the center.
He was very honest with himself in his autobiography, he was balancing
between fiction and reality in the book written for his grandchildren,
and he made fiction out of facts in his historical novels. - An
interview with Per Olov Enquist in Budapest.
"Colorful canvases stretched taut between wooden frames!... Allah, help me, I thought, these are paintings! Kasim bey had not burned them when he occupied the castle. Why not?" - Excerpts from Viktor Horváth's 2012 European Union Prize-winning novel.
I was travelling with my then four-year-old daughter Sally on the No. 2
tram running along the Pest bank of the Danube opposite Gellért Hill.
Sally posed the question: “Why is that tall lady throwing the little
fish into the water?”