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Animalinside
     

Animalinside

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by László Krasznahorkai, Max Neumann (Illustrator), Colm Toibin (Preface by), Ottilie Mulzet (Translator)
 

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From the winner of the 2015 Man Booker International PrizeLimited to 2,000 gorgeous copies, this richly illustrated, extraordinary novella was created in collaboration with the famed painter Max Neumann.
As if some chained being had to shake its essence free, as if art taken to its limit were a form of howling, Animalinside explodes from its first line:

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From the winner of the 2015 Man Booker International PrizeLimited to 2,000 gorgeous copies, this richly illustrated, extraordinary novella was created in collaboration with the famed painter Max Neumann.
As if some chained being had to shake its essence free, as if art taken to its limit were a form of howling, Animalinside explodes from its first line: “He wants to break free, attempts to stretch open the walls, but he has been tautened by them, and there he remains in this tautening, in this constraint, and there is nothing to do but howl. . . .”
To create this work that strains against all constraints, László Krasznahorkai began from one of Max Neumann’s paintings; Neumann, spurred into action, created 14 more images, which unleashed an additional 13 texts from the author. Animalinside is the rare case of two matchless artists meeting across disciplines, and New Directions is very proud to publish a limited edition of this powerful novella, exquisitely produced by Sylph Editions and the Cahiers Series of the American University of Paris with a deluxe seven-stage printing process for the amazing Neumann images.

Editorial Reviews

Susan Sontag
“The contemporary Hungarian master of the Apocalypse who inspires comparison to Gogol and Melville.”
Scott Esposito - The National
“Little more than 40 pages long, László Krasznahorkai’s pamphlet-like, multi-media collaboration with the painter Max Neumann is one of the most beautifully produced works of literature this year.”
W. G. Sebald
“Intense and uncompromising.”
The New Yorker
Krasznahorkai’s most recent work in English is not a novel but a collaboration between the writer and the German artist Max Neumann. Animalinside is a series of fourteen exquisite and enigmatic paintings, with paragraph-length texts by Krasznahorkai . . . . The pleasure of the book flows from its extraordinary, stretched, self-recoiling sentences, which are marvels of a loosely punctuated stream of consciousness.

— James Wood

London Review of Books
Animalinside is a series of short texts that alternate with paintings by Max Neumann. . . . The resulting chapbook is a rolling, menacing howl that sounds like the supplication of a pet at one moment and erupts into the fury of a savage beast the next.

— Jennifer Szalai

New Yorker - James Wood
“Krasznahorkai’s most recent work in English is not a novel but a collaboration between the writer and the German artist Max Neumann. Animalinside is a series of fourteen exquisite and enigmatic paintings, with paragraph-length texts by Krasznahorkai . . . . The pleasure of the book flows from its extraordinary, stretched, self-recoiling sentences, which are marvels of a loosely punctuated stream of consciousness.”

 

London Review of Books - Jennifer Szalai
Animalinside is a series of short texts that alternate with paintings by Max Neumann. . . . The resulting chapbook is a rolling, menacing howl that sounds like the supplication of a pet at one moment and erupts into the fury of a savage beast the next.”

Washington Post - Scott Esposito
“Excellent.”
BOMB Magazine - Sarah Gerard
"There's delight in response, a collaboration of painting and fiction in Neumann and Krasznahorkai's Animalinside. Book design becomes performance as character gains dimension through reinterpretation, passed back and forth from Neumann's paintings to Krasznahorkai's stories, requiring translation into and out of text and image in a continuous extension of drama."
Typographical Era
“German painter Max Neumann offers up fourteen strange renditions of animal-like creatures, and Krasznahorkai responds with fourteen short pieces that speak directly from the mind of each.”
Biblioasis International Translation blog
“Beautifully published. . . . In this haunting work, Krasznahorkai responds to fourteen different artworks depicting a deformed, tortured creature with texts that seem to inhabit the consciousness of Neumann’s monstrous creature from within and without.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811219167
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
06/16/2011
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Lászlo Krasznahorkai, described by James Wood in the New Yorker as an “obsessive visionary,” was born in Gyula, Hungary. This is his seventh book published by New Directions.

The highly acclaimed German painter Max Neumann (born in
1949 in Saarbruck) lives in Berlin and exhibits his work around the world.

Ottilie Mulzet is a literary critic and translator of Hungarian. New Directions published her translation of Krasznahorkai’s Animalinside.

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SAHARATEA More than 1 year ago
Sure, you could probably read the text of this on a Kindle or Nook. But you'd be missing everything, and I don't just mean the Neumann images. This book actually smells good! It feels good. It's a tactile experience that engages your eyes and other senses, while your brain tries to solve the mystery of who is the Animalinside. First off, this is a novella that started with a Neumann painting that inspired Krasznahorai's text about a creature that defies easy description. After that, Neumann provided more images with the same dog-like beast, to inspire further chapters from the Hungarian author. Prefaced by Colm Toibin, who states that the author "stands closer to Kafka than to Beckett, but he is close to neither in his interest and delight in verbal pyrotechnics, in allowing the sheer energy of his long exciting sentences full sway." The monster of the story, if indeed that is what it is, is trapped in a place where he is excluded and in pain. "...I don't even exist, I only howl, and howling is not identical with existence, on the contrary howling is despair, the horror of that instance of awakening when the condemned--myself--comes to realize that he has been excluded from existence and there is no way back..." The words of the beast, shown in the images as a sort of fierce two-legged dog, are almost always horrifying...caged, it waits for release to wreak havoc and battle for kingship over a wasteland of earth. At lighter moments, though, it speaks almost in a panic over the search for its food dish, but the threats he makes about its loss are nothing adorable. Much of the imagery and words confuse me...I sense that a deeper measure of the meaning involves the ugly results of binding the voices of small, defenseless peoples until their defense is their only option. Their obsession. And about that, "smells good" remark? New Directions designed this as part of their Cahiers series, #14, and it's designed in a seven step printing process that makes for thick, waxy pages, with layers of thick inks and contrasting textures. Maybe it's all the chemicals involved, but it smells and feels amazing. Heirloom-quality, if that's possible for a novella.