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.
Reading stage plays and cookbooks requires a split state of consciousness. As a reader, one often wonders whether it would not be wiser to actually see the play and eat the food – for example, that "green herb soup / with smoked salmon stripes".
"Eating disorders and the Soviet Union—maybe they seem like very
different subjects, and first I was hesitating how it would work. But
then I thought this was a way to get very different readers." - An interview with Finnish writer Sofi Oksanen.
At times there is something surprising even in harmless scents. / For example, the scent of urine in roasted coffee. / In everything that perishes, there hovers something / of us, and suddenly, when nobody / is even looking, what happens / or slips away?
Yet in summer, when the night is shortest and the longest trains trundle
over Gubacsi Bridge, an enormous boat makes an appearance on the
Soroksár Danube, arriving via the tubular bridge and preceded by huge