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.
Fehér’s novel contains all of the elements characteristic of Hungarian society and culture at the time of the regime change. What emerges is the often-mentioned image of a cobbled-together Hungary, complete with a motley, lurching collection of objects and people.
Agota Kristof (70) paid a brief visit to Budapest for the first time after four years. This time, she was participating in the 'Exile' programme focussing on emigrant authors from Eastern Europe. Agota Kristof arrived in Neuchâtel as a refugee in 1956 with her husband and young baby, and she has lived there ever since.
"Pilinszky is different. Everybody is different, but some are even more so. (...) When he walked down the street, he walked like a persecuted legend. That is just what he was. A persecuted legend, pushed out of literature and completely unknown." (Ágnes Nemes Nagy)
World Theatre Day, which this year will be officially celebrated on
Sunday March 27th, is to be marked in Budapest one day in advance by a
performance due to be broadcast at 20:04 hrs on Hungarian Radio 1 of an
extract from a new piece based on real and imaginary writings by Kafka
that is taking shape under the
overall guidance of its original conceiver, Tibor Szemző.