War & War

War & War

László Krasznahorkai, George Szirtes


A novel of impressive good looks and tool through the Hungarian grasp, Laszla Krasznahorkai. Winner of a 2005 PEN Translation Fund Award.

War and War, Laszla Krasznahorkai's moment novel in English from New instructions, starts at some degree of risk: on a depressing educate platform Korim is at the verge of being attacked by means of thuggish kids and robbed; and from right here, we're carried alongside by way of the insistent voice of this apprehensive clerk. determined, now and then nearly mad, but additionally keenly empathic, Korim has stumbled on in a small Hungarian town's data an vintage manuscript of startling attractiveness: it narrates the epic story of brothers-in-arms suffering to come domestic from a disastrous warfare. Korim is set to dispose of himself, yet sooner than he can devote suicide, he feels he needs to break out to long island with the valuable manuscript and devote it to eternity via typing all of it at the world-wide net. Following Korim with obsessive realism in the course of the streets of recent York (from his touchdown in a Bowery flophouse to his relocating some distance uptown with a mad interpreter), War and War relates his encounters with a desirable diversity of humanity, an international torn among viciousness and mysterious good looks. Following the 8 chapters of War and War is a brief "prequel performing as a sequel," "Isaiah," which brings us to a depressing bar, years earlier than in Hungary, the place Korim rants opposed to the area and threatens suicide. Written like not anything else (turning unmarried sentences into chapters), War and War affirms W. G. Sebald's remark that Krasznahorkai's prose "far surpasses all of the lesser issues of up to date writing."

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