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.
A classic of Hungarian literature, this novel tells the story of a peasant Don Juan and leader of a village who, torn between the torpid bliss of his home life and a seething quest for prosperity, follows his urge to break the bonds of his low social status.
No one had officially told the schoolchildren in Cluj what they were
going to portray. All they knew was that they were preparing for a
celebration. Then it suddenly dawned on her: the mass of schoolkids were
going to portray the Great Leader, Ceaușescu himself, and she is going
to be his mouth.