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.
Andreï Makine, Russian by birth but writing in French, was one of the
participants at the Budapest Book Festival in April 2011. In a talk organized at the
festival, Makine told his audience about his new book, Alternaissance,
published under the pseudonym of Gabriel Osmonde.
"My brethren, he said... You can see that Our Goddess the Happy Lady, who is none other than the Virgin Mary, appears to you in her heavenly image, as a weasel. Listen to what she has got to say! The pagans were so drunk that they couldn’t tell a squirrel from a weasel."
A fair amount of hot air has been emitted over literary translation in
general, with talk of the destruction of source-texts, the invisibility
of the translator and the rest. Verse translation, however, is spoken of
even more oddly at times, and the object of this paper is to examine
the problem and propose a future course.