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Translated by George Szirtes
From the winner of the Man Booker International Prize

In the darkening embers of a Communist utopia, life in a desolate Hungarian town has come to a virtual standstill. Flies buzz, spiders weave, water drips and animals root desultorily in the barnyard of a collective farm.

But when the charismatic Irimias - long-thought dead - returns, the villagers fall under his spell. Irimias sets about swindling the villagers out of a fortune that might allow them to escape the emptiness and futility of their existence. He soon attains a messianic aura as he plays on the fears of the townsfolk and a series of increasingly brutal events unfold.

About the author

László Krasznahorkai was born in Gyula, Hungary, in 1954. He has written five novels and won numerous prizes, including the 2013 Best Translated Book Award in Fiction for Satantango, the same prize the following year for Seiobo There Below, and the 1993 Best Book of the Year Award in Germany for The Melancholy of Resistance. He was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2017 for The World Goes On, and won the same prize in 2015 in its original guise as a biennial prize rewarding an outstanding body of work. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives in the hills of Pilisszentlászló in Hungary.


Krasznahorkai's extraordinary first novel is back - and more devilish than ever.


Krasznahorkai's extraordinary first novel is back - and more devilish than ever.


A modern masterpiece that manages to speak both of its time and to transcend it altogether Sunday Telegraph

Product details

Authors Laszlo Krasznahorkai, László Krasznahorkai
Assisted by Ottilie Mulzet (Translation), George Szirtes (Translation)
Publisher Profile Books
Languages English
Product format Paperback
Released 04.06.2020
EAN 9781788166355
ISBN 978-1-78816-635-5
No. of pages 304
Dimensions 129 mm x 198 mm x 18 mm
Subjects Fiction > Narrative literature

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), FICTION / Literary, Modern and contemporary fiction

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