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 very first of Végel’s novels was highly influential among young
writers in Hungary, being perceived as relating to all things 'hip' and
being seen as the first Hungarian 'beat' novel. "Memoirs of a Macro" reminds one of the true
spiritual fathers of the Beats like Henry Miller.
György Spiró’s new novel Captivity (Fogság), the Hungarian literary sensation of the year, is a reconstruction of the period from around the death of Christ until the Jewish War. Uri, the protagonist of the novel, is selected to be a member of the delegation that takes the Pesach tax of Roman Jews to Jerusalem. Through his adventures we get an extremely lively picture of contemporary Rome, Jerusalem and Alexandria. – An interview with the author by Erika Csontos.
"At times ruining is all it does. Ruin and ruin, Commonism is a ruin. The most interesting thing in Commonism, and this is truly interesting, is that everything is destroyed, and what is built up in place of the destruction, that work is in itself destruction."
Today in Hungary any intellectual who feels
responsible for the community and tries to mediate, faces serious
difficulties. If someone wants to write about public issues and social
questions, independently and in an unbiased way, they could easily be
forced into a strict dichotomy and mindless political logic. A kind of
courage is needed, therefore, in order to speak up, because each word
could touch a nerve.