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 quality of Ádám Bodor's humour is akin to the hardly perceptible smile of a
Buddhist—as it appears on the smeary face of Eastern Europe. And it can
turn into the grimace of horror in any given moment.
"I insist on moving freely between categories, on keeping every door and window open. This is my notion of freedom as a writer." - Interview with Noémi Szécsi, the author of Finno-Ugrian Vampire, recently published in English.
"Slips of paper fell to the ground when the little girl impatiently shook the boxes open. The first one said, NO!, the second said, YES!, and the third said, MAYBE! Klára whispered hoarsely to herself, like someone holding untold wealth. 'Yes, no, maybe, and it’s all mine, mine, mine!'"
They say that about 7% of the total population of Hungary worked for or collaborated with the feared secret police in Hungary. What happened to these people after the change of the regime? Most of those who are still alive and employable are doing well. They became politicians, curators, and heads of cultural institutions.