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 debut novel issued by Julie Orringer, an American writer of Hungarian Jewish descent has been shortlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction. It is an elegant, tender love story set against the menacing
gathering and eventual explosion of a storm of methodically organized violence.
György Spiró’s new novel Captivity (Fogság), the Hungarian literary sensation of the year, is a reconstruction of the period from around the death of Christ until the Jewish War. Uri, the protagonist of the novel, is selected to be a member of the delegation that takes the Pesach tax of Roman Jews to Jerusalem. Through his adventures we get an extremely lively picture of contemporary Rome, Jerusalem and Alexandria. – An interview with the author by Erika Csontos.
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.