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Satantango - László Krasznahorkai, George Szirtes
Satantango
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At long last, twenty-five years after the Hungarian genius László Krasznahorkai burst onto the scene with his first novel, Satantango dances into English in a beautiful translation by George Szirtes.Already famous as the inspiration for the filmmaker Béla Tarr’s six-hour masterpiece,... show more
At long last, twenty-five years after the Hungarian genius László Krasznahorkai burst onto the scene with his first novel, Satantango dances into English in a beautiful translation by George Szirtes.Already famous as the inspiration for the filmmaker Béla Tarr’s six-hour masterpiece, Satantango is proof, as the spellbinding, bleak, and hauntingly beautiful book has it, that “the devil has all the good times.” The story of Satantango, spread over a couple of days of endless rain, focuses on the dozen remaining inhabitants of an unnamed isolated hamlet: failures stuck in the middle of nowhere. Schemes, crimes, infidelities, hopes of escape, and above all trust and its constant betrayal are Krasznahorkai’s meat. “At the center of Satantango,” George Szirtes has said, “is the eponymous drunken dance, referred to here sometimes as a tango and sometimes as a csardas. It takes place at the local inn where everyone is drunk. . . . Their world is rough and ready, lost somewhere between the comic and tragic, in one small insignificant corner of the cosmos. Theirs is the dance of death.” “You know,” Mrs. Schmidt, a pivotal character, tipsily confides, “dance is my one weakness.”
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780811217347 (0811217345)
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 274
Edition language: English
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cjc
cjc rated it
2.0 Satantango
I loved reading this book whenever I was reading it, and perhaps if I had finished it the overall effect would have been amazing, and perhaps I would have finished it if I had been able to sit and plow through it in a couple of sittings. But I couldn't, and I didn't, and so it wasn't. I just lost in...
Edward
Edward rated it
4.0 Satantango
--SatantangoA Note about the AuthorA Note about the Translator
Parrish Lantern's Casebook
Parrish Lantern's Casebook rated it
5.0 Satantango
Satantango, starts in some mouldering Hungarian hamlet, the home of the workers of a collective long since closed and stripped of anything of worth, and like the inhabitants of the hamlet forgotten by the outside world. In fact the only growth market appears to be rot and spiders, very little happen...
M Sarki
M Sarki rated it
A novel worth reading even after seeing the great Bela Tarr film first. I explain why here:http://msarki.tumblr.com/post/52033826184/an-hungarian-classic-satantango-by-laszlo
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proustitute rated it
5.0 Satantango
Review published in the LA Review of Books: http://lareviewofbooks.org/article.php?type=&id=738On Monday, July 2, László Krasznahorkai read before a considerably rapt crowd at the Housing Works Bookstore in Manhattan. The Hungarian writer read from Satantango and spoke about his elliptical and enigm...
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