Image of Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s “Satantango”. Translated from the Hungarian by George Szirtes New Directions, In the world of “Satantango,” everything. Editorial Reviews. From Bookforum. A bleakly absurdist, voluptuously written saga of abject Satantango – Kindle edition by László Krasznahorkai, George Szirtes. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. László Krasznahorkai’s first novel, Satantango, was originally published in in Hungary. A contemporaneous review by Miklós Györffy in.

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It may well be a milestone in fiction as such—though we can debate exactly which mile it marks in krasznnahorkai letters, given its circuitous path around the globe.

Its reception has occurred in stages: Satantango is a brilliant, original and unsettling work; it is also a product of its time and place late Communism, high postmodernism. At the level of plot, Satantango is satntango with money, redemption, and damnation.

Satantango by László Krasznahorkai – review

Lazzlo takes place in an impoverished and nearly abandoned village, inhabited by single adults or couples with one exception, all childless. The villagers expect a primarily economic salvation, although some have different millenarian visions.

Krasznahorkai layers several narratives, and multiple narrative registers, over one another, and threads the result along a somewhat oblique series krasznwhorkai tropes—the tango of the title, religious often Biblical figures, spiders and webs. In addition to the organizational complexity, many signature aspects of his later fiction can be seen here as well. There is an ensemble cast of characters, with narration focalized through multiple characters and incidents often retold from different points of view.


There are visionaries of various kinds; crime, often petty crime; a climactic act of violence or sacrifice although in many cases the violence and sacrifice are not identical, but complementary ; and disillusionment, if not always very substantial disillusionment—characters tend to cling to old illusions or find new ones.

The novels end in irresolution disguised as massive resolution. To see how, you must bear with satajtango for a moment as I channel the critical spirit satanango the mids, and examine figures of writing and narration within the novel.

Satantango by László Krasznahorkai

These figures, in the rather older spirit of Goethe and Faustdepend in part upon the play between word and deed. His charismatic authority is entirely an effect of perception by the villagers—we see him initially as a deluded fool who wanders into the registry of prostitutes by mistake—but his worldly power is real.

He can command rhetoric, but it appears under a layer of irony: There is in fact a strong division within the novel between action and yearning or dissatisfaction, which these three pivotal characters embody in different ways.

So much for deeds; what about words?

As I read it, Satantango comprises at least three forms of authorship, each roughly aligned with one of the actions above: These characters and their actions come laszloo form a hierarchy of agency.

In the stunning and horrific chapter devoted to Esti, her acts of violence—their martyrial complicity with the cruelty that others, particularly her brother, inflict on her—are fundamentally negative, removing people and things from the world.


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The vision is handled with careful ambiguity: It still means nothing. Just a waste of time.

The technique seems to serve disparate purposes for different characters. On some occasions, they function as one would expect: For Esti, the quoted text consists of recalled statements that others have made in her hearing, and her despair is described as pursuit by a chorus of terrible voices.

Sátántangó by László Krasznahorkai: review

In a fleeting encounter, Esti approaches the doctor and holds fast to his coat; he pushes her away, she runs, and he chases her until he falls.

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