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From the winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize

A dark, haunting masterpiece by the author of The Melancholy of Resistance and Seiobo There Below

Now in paperback, Satantango, the novel that inspired Béla Tarr’s classic film, is proof that the devil has all the good times. Set in an isolated hamlet, the novel unfolds over the course of a few rain-soaked days. Only a dozen inhabitants remain in the bleak village, rank with the stench of failed schemes, betrayals, failure, infidelity, sudden hopes, and aborted dreams. “Their world,” in the words of the renowned translator George Szirtes is “rough and ready, lost somewhere between the cosmic and tragic, in one small insignificant corner of the cosmos. Theirs is the dance of death.” Into this world comes, it seems, a messiah…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811220897
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 12/10/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 212,358
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

The winner of the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement, László Krasznahorkai was born in Gyula, Hungary.

George Szirtes

(b. 1948) is an award-winning poet and translator who settled in England after his family fled the Hungarian Uprising of 1956.

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Satantango 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
jlbattis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Much like the seven-and-a-half-hour Béla Tarr film it spawned, Satantango requires patience. Underlying this morass of atrophying humanity is a structure of subtle movements, the structure of the tango, a structure only apparent at a far remove. It is a structure I only recognized somewhere in the seventh hour of the film and which, while immersed in the novel, seems ever elusive, although there are indications. Even if you don't have the patience for the gran mal, there are moments of Handkean brilliance in the minutiae.
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NovelsAndDocumentaries More than 1 year ago
It's criminal that it took so long for Krasznahorkai's debut to be translated into English - though in consolation Szirtes's translation is excellent. Satantango is an agonizingly bleak character study, and though it's best known as the source of Bela Tarr's six-hour film the novel hasn't received the attention it's due. I can't recommend this novel enough. Just brace yourself for a lot of mud and spiderwebs.
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