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.
Esther Kinsky arrived in Battonya, a town in the south-east of Hungary, from Berlin. About five years ago, she
was held up at the customs. Stuck at a railway station, she looked for a
place to sleep, and eventually she did not continue her trip to Serbia
and Romania as planned. Ever since, she has written two novels about her
experiences in German.
Ádám Bodor's books describe a world that is foreign yet uncannily familiar to East European readers, an absurd world determined by obscure powers. Bodor's 1992 masterpiece, "The Sinistra Zone" will be published in English this August by New Directions.
Why is this night different from any other night? / Otto Moll, Oberscharführer, asked / himself, and in the meantime searched for / the answer. From the south a breeze arose/ upon the Polish plain, and drifted into / the rose colours of twilight / above the chimneys
Imre Oravecz's new novel, Californian Quail takes the reader into the world of Eastern European guest workers in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. The author spoke about the traumas and the predicament of Hungarian workers in America at a press breakfast in Budapest.