The Melancholy of Resistance

The Melancholy of Resistance

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A powerful, surreal novel, in the tradition of Gogol, about the chaotic events surrounding the arrival of a circus in a small Hungarian town. The Melancholy of Resistance, L#65533;szl#65533; Krasznahorkai's magisterial, surreal novel, depicts a chain of mysterious events in a small Hungarian town. A circus, promising to display the stuffed body of the largest whale in the world, arrives in the dead of winter, prompting bizarre rumors. Word spreads that the circus folk have a sinister purpose in mind, and the frightened citizens cling to any manifestation of order they can find music, cosmology, fascism. The novel's characters are unforgettable: the evil Mrs. Eszter, plotting her takeover of the town; her weakling husband; and Valuska, our hapless hero with his head in the clouds, who is the tender center of the book, the only pure and noble soul to be found. Compact, powerful and intense, The Melancholy of Resistance, as its enormously gifted translator George Szirtes puts it, "is a slow lava flow of narrative, a vast black river of type." And yet, miraculously, the novel, in the words of The Guardian, "lifts the reader along in lunar leaps and bounds."
Publisher: New York : New Directions, [2003?], c1998.
ISBN: 9780811215046
0811215040
Branch Call Number: KRASZNAH
Characteristics: 314 pages ; 20 cm.

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mclarjh
Aug 29, 2015

I found it very difficult to read, but profound.

蛙界蒙薰
May 31, 2015

I'm only halfway done...please stop your holds

update: I'm done with it now, and I hope you jackals enjoy being broken into pieces by the very disrespectful Mr. Krasznahorkai(sp) while it's nice out.

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"A powerful, surreal novel, in the tradition of Gogol, about the chaotic events surrounding the arrival of a circus in a small Hungarian town. The Melancholy of Resistance, László Krasznahorkai's magisterial, surreal novel, depicts a chain of mysterious events in a small Hungarian town. A circus, promising to display the stuffed body of the largest whale in the world, arrives in the dead of winter, prompting bizarre rumors. Word spreads that the circus folk have"
is disgraceful! 5 stars!

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