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.
In Budapest no literate person can grow up without some sense of the Krúdy mystique that still hovers in the air, and harks back to the latter-day, "peacetime" splendors of the Monarchy that evaporated, along with so very much else, around 1918.
"The best thing would be if you say you got AIDS, because then you’ll automatically be granted refuge status on medical grounds. But for that you need the virus, too. Lucky for you, you went with an old pro like me. For another twenty percent I can take care of that for you, too."
The Budapest Bardroom defines itself as an ‘English-language show in Budapest, featuring poetry, music and spoken word by local and visiting performers’. This fall’s Bardroom session was themed around the date: an inconspicuous October 16th, being Sunday, but that turned out to be irrelevant. English-reading Budapest, alive and kicking.