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 “Holocaust” experience marks a very important strand in the thematic material of Kertész's published works, yet it is far from being his only theme, as will become clear from the English translations of two stories, scheduled to be released by the small American publishing house Melville House.
"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.
Written in Italy in the 1950s, "Funeral Oration" is a lament about the fate of the exile who, having lost his home and his property, is now in danger of losing his native tongue and his cultural heritage.
A wide selection of writers are rarely included in synopses of
contemporary Hungarian fiction despite being in the vanguard of the
‘quiet revolution’ of the early
Seventies and in many cases remaining highly (and rewardingly)
productive to the present day.