Satantango

by Krasznahorkai, László.

Format: Print Book 2012
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Summary
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."
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In his third novel to appear in English (after The Melancholy of Resistance and War & War), Hungarian novelist Krasznahorkai introduces us to a dismal mud puddle of a village and its denizens, desperate folk who connive, cheat, and betray each other as they struggle to escape their wretched, rain-soaked circumstances. Readers, too, must struggle. Krasznahorkai's prose is murky and confounding, with shifting points of view, opaque bits of dialogue, and long paragraphs that refuse to let you up for air. Those who put in the effort to trudge through all this and who can also stomach a handful of particularly disturbing depictions of violence may come to appreciate the compelling voice that emerges from the muck, and the careful artistry that undergirds this novel's existential bleakness. This novel may also be of particular interest to cineasts who enjoyed the lauded (and similarly challenging) 1994 film version directed by Bela Tarr.--Driscoll, Brendan Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Collectivization of agriculture -- Hungary -- Fiction.
Abandoned farms -- Hungary -- Fiction.
Swindlers and swindling -- Hungary -- Fiction.
Refugee property -- Hungary -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :New Directions Pub. Corp.,2012
Other Titles Sátántangó.
Contributors Szirtes, George, 1948-
Language English
Description 274 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780811217347 (acid-free paper)
0811217345 (acid-free paper)
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