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 godless book. No one looks after Spiró’s hero, the short-sighted, ugly and scrawny Uri. No one looks after the world, either – even though the period in which Captivity is set, the first century C.E., abounds in deities.
Our interview with Tomas Venclova, Lithuanian poet, essayist and
professor of literature at Yale University, on social and historical
parallels between Eastern European nations, on the notion of home and on
the special meaning of Hamlet in our region.