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.
Out of all the stellar authors whose works arose during the first decades of the 20th century, Dezső Kosztolányi (1885–1936) alone succeeded in capturing the hearts of colleague and reader alike. Surprisingly enough, this rare sense of loving devotion is still typical of the way readers continue to regard him today.
Captivity was a conscious emigration into the great events of a great era. Our world here, the world we were socialised into, is a small and shabby world. Being part of a small nation is usually not favourable for great prose and drama.
No one had officially told the schoolchildren in Cluj what they were
going to portray. All they knew was that they were preparing for a
celebration. Then it suddenly dawned on her: the mass of schoolkids were
going to portray the Great Leader, Ceaușescu himself, and she is going
to be his mouth.
...an English historian of football recently came forward with the remarkable conclusion that football never would have become so widespread in England had the higher-ups not seen in it an effective remedy against masturbation in pubescent boys.