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 book seems to be an ironic game in which the didactic function of literature is questioned. Yet the situation is more complicated than that: Zsófia Bán seems to inscribe her own ideological messages into the text. Her aim is obviously to teach, not merely to amuse and delight.
"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.
In the end just a single figure was still paddling around in the
gleaming water. It was a handsome man, elegant as a Venetian amoroso: a
haughty profile, sternly gazing fiery eyes, a dark green silk cravat
round his neck—those were what were caressed by fading light. Around him
the fabulous landscape: sky, water, clouds, mundane visual delights...