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.
Written by Magda Szabó (89), one of the most well-known and widely translated authors of current Hungarian literature, The Door, a manifestly autobiographical novel, tells the tale of a long and rhapsodic relationship between two stubborn women, the middle-aged lady-writer Magda and her old housekeeper, Emerence.
A publisher of innovative and experimental
work from the beginning, New Directions’s main
aim today is to make the works of foreign writers known in the US. We
talked to Barbara Epler, editor-in-chief of New Directions at the Budapest Book Festival.
"The lake’s rippled surface / Mirrored the sky with such clarity / One couldn’t tell / Which way was up or down. / Between the two, on horizon’s ebb, / In the light’s narrow beam, / A factory building loomed with metallic hue. / Only in Finland one sees / Such metaphysical form – I thought"