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.
Our interview with Tomas Venclova, Lithuanian poet, essayist and
professor of literature at Yale University, on social and historical
parallels between Eastern European nations, on the notion of home and on
the special meaning of Hamlet in our region.