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.
"Prae" is a huge
mock-encyclopaedia of whatever we know (or its author knows) about mind
and matter, history and self, language and reality, fact and fiction,
man and woman. Its stance is a sort of Olympian irreverence of the
writer as philosopher-clown toward controlling and ordering constructs of every
"A big motivation for me in writing The Sisters Brothers was to do things you don't normally see in the
western genre. Typically, for example, the killers in a western are
nearly mute, and sort of stupid, or cruel. So I made my killer
protagonist a talkative, smart, poetic neurotic."
An Eastern European Juliet set during the times of darkest dictatorship and without a Romeo: this, in a single sentence, is the essence of András Visky's drama, a "dialogue" in which the Transylvanian writer has documented the true story of his parents. In 1939, his father fled from Rumania to Hungary, where he was to meet his future wife.
Their love was not an idyll without tensions as the textbooks would have it, yet that is precisely what made it an indissoluble bond, still alive today. Fanni Gyarmati, who was 100 last year, is still living in the apartment that the couple used to share.