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.
Mehr Meer is a sort of mental
map of Europe in the middle of the twentieth century, as seen by one
person: Ilma Rakusa, the child of an Eastern European family wandering
from country to country. And as such, it is highly subjective.
Literary historian Thomas Cooper talks to Imre Kertész in this new
volume published in the Seagull Books series of The University of
Chicago Press. An excerpt from the interview and Cooper's fine
introductory essay, published here by courtesy of the publisher.
Some people who it may be assumed know what they are saying say that
just as every tale has it counter-tale so every river has its
counter-river. In the latter case it generally seems that the
counter-river is somewhat broader than the river itself under which it
winds, underground, but precisely following its route and, discounting
one or two inexplicable exceptions, runs in the opposite direction.