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 heroine of Péter Farkas’s new novel "Johanna"
is not St Joan of Arc, but a much less known queen of the same name:
Joanna of Castile, nicknamed the Mad (1479–1555), who was supposedly so
crazy about her husband
that she went insane when he died. This novel is the passion play of a
woman; the portrait of a sensitive woman in an austere, mechanical
"Those that I ‘intend’ my books for are all kinds of
people, but they are definitely not aristocratic, definitely not part of
the social elite... they are the
elite of the injured, the aristocracy of those who are helpless beyond
recovery." - An interview with László Krasznahorkai on fire, evil and suffering.
"I am deadly insulted. I only look like people. This chap here who breathes in and out past my lips, he is no work of mine. I have no idea what I have to do with the whole composition. Where is my own special programme, my individual taste, my fantasy and my interest? This me? Any bellboy has the right to look like me. I have been settled. I am deeply ashamed. Me, me, me."