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Krasznahorkai's second English translation follows György Korin, an arguably insane former clerk from outside Budapest who arrives at JFK airport with his life savings in his coat lining, determined to put a manuscript he discovered onto the internet (and thus preserve it for eternity), and then to kill himself. The manuscript's authorship is mysterious, and Korin's narration of its contents resembles his concerns, which he unleashes on unsuspecting strangers: "We pass things without any idea what we have passed, and he didn't know, said he, whether his companion knew the feeling." Though Krasznahorkai's sentences can run on for pages, a subversive aim underlies the rambling: many characters who swiftly dismiss Korin as insane, though better at affecting normalcy, are themselves vile. A sudden, brutal murder makes Korin seem more prescient than paranoid. This lucidity, however, is tempered by an epilogue that portrays Korin as more unreliable than anything prior suggests; Krasznahorkai aims for unsettling irresolution and nails it in a way reminiscent of Kafka.
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The story in War & War is fascinating, but the writing surpasses even a story as inventive as this one…It is perhaps one of the most interesting technical accomplishments in any language… (The Hyper Literate)
Krasznahorkai writes with a measured and bizarre elegance…exquisite explorations of consciousness, perception and memory. (Matthew Spellberg - Harvard Book Review)
A seminal author of our time. (David Auerbach - The Quarterly Conversation)
I love Krasznahorkai's books. His long, meandering sentences enchant me, and even if his universe appears gloomy, we always experience that transcendence which to Nietzsche represented metaphysical consolation. (Imre Kertész)
There is a theme common to European writers of exploring the faults of society through a close examination of an "outlier" personality, often a bureaucrat or minor... Read morePublished 18 days ago by mrthinkndrink
This book changed the direction I was going when I was writing my novel, Ari Figue's Cat. I went back to the beginning and set out to rediscover the trace I had found and abandoned... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jacob Russell
you have to love Krasznahorkai, and t if you do , this is a very intense book.Published 11 months ago by Dr Doran
Another major Kraznahorkai novel, this time located in the urban terrain of New York, where a former archivist and melancholic, Korin, has settled to translate and archive a... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Steiner
I am a relative new comer to Hungarian literature. I must say it has surprised me in a very positive way. This book is excellent. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Juan Pablo Martese
'War & War' was, for me, not simply an act of reading literature but also an experience of being stunned after I'd finished it about six months ago. Read morePublished on September 27, 2012 by W. Wilson
If you loved Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground and its short size left your hungry for more, then Laszlo Krasznahorkai's War & War will be a good treat for you. Read morePublished on November 13, 2011 by Ferdino