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.
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.
"Petri is a lyrical poet who has deliberately gone sour... To understand him is to understand the declining years of European Communism and to sharpen our eyes for intimate half-truths of our own." (George Szirtes)