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.
A dazzling collage of styles that evokes the tremendous heterogeneity of the contemporary cultural landscape of Central Europe, The Last Window-Giraffe is a foray into the common heritage and current aspirations shared by the people of this elusive yet ineluctable region.
Overwhelming; gut-wrenching; the most significant Hungarian novel of the year, of the decade―Szilárd Borbély’s Have-Nothings, a powerful novel about soul-wracking poverty in a Hungarian village in the 1960s and 70s, has earned such and similar praise.