The Melancholy of Resistance

László Krasznahorkai George Szirtes


The Melancholy of Resistance

The Melancholy of Resistance

  • Title: The Melancholy of Resistance
  • Author: László Krasznahorkai George Szirtes
  • ISBN: 9780811215046
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Paperback



The Melancholy of Resistance, L szl 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 citiThe Melancholy of Resistance, L szl 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.


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László Krasznahorkai, I am nervous. Isn't that ridiculous? I'm actually nervous about writing a review for your novel The Melancholy of Resistance because I just finished scanning through the (few) other reviews on this site and saw that they were mostly perfunctory in their praise, somewhat soulless and academic, and insufficiently rapturous. This is an amazing book! Don't they understand that? When you've heard the word of god (and here it is), you just don't dither around with propriety or [...]

Intelligent, strange and hypnotic, with a slow burning atmosphere of cold fear and impending catastrophe, this completely tears the rule book to shreds and throws the pieces back at you with the most unconventional, extraordinary and EPIC! sentence structuring that I have ever come across that has left me scratching my head thinkingjust how on earth!. So under the bleak winter skies of a small decaying Hungarian town where the only colour that seems to be apparent is one of grey, asthick fog lin [...]

Στο ερώτημα: πρέπει να εναντιωθούμε, να αντιπαλέψουμε την καταστροφή του κόσμου -έστω συνειδησιακά- ή να απολαύσουμε με κρυφή λαχτάρα τη μελαγχολία της εντροπίας χωρίς καμία αντίσταση -αφού τη στιγμή που αρχίζει η διαδικασία αποσύνθεσης δεν μπορούμε να επέμβουμε,η κατάστα [...]

Interesting, complicated - with the strangest death scene I ever read in the end, and that says a lot, as I must have read about thousands of characters' dying by now.Strange how death is the omnipresent master of so many books, the spider spinning the web of the story to a perfect, deadly trap. That is a disturbing thought, actually, worthy of the nightmarish atmosphere the novel creates. A threatening, surreal setting, hard to grasp, with equally evasive characters, and it left me puzzled.It i [...]

I have to give this another go. The first cycle didn't finish. Here's my original review: I was really enjoying this. The prose is a little dense, and there's no question that the author has a penchant for abstraction, as seen in the musings of the musicologist; but there is also wry humor and elegant surrealism, deftly handled. The opening sequence of the elderly Mrs. Plauf going into hysterics on the train is hilarious. As we move from character (Mrs Eszter) to character (Valushka), the story [...]

I read The Melancholy of Resistance back in early October and it still haunts me months later. Krasznahorkai creates a dark allegorical novel that is saturated with dread and overflowing with malice as he depicts a city overrun by strange happenings and menacing mobs of strangers during the icy winter. Even if you were to read this on a warms summers day, he would make you feel as if the world outside your window was frozen over and treacherous. This novel deserves a more wide-spread critical ac [...]

2001. Anthology Film Archives. (one of the great places on the planet: i swear that when one studies taken-from-space photographs a faint heavenly light emanates from manhattan -- if one were to push further in, she'd see that most of it originates from the southeast corner of 2nd ave & 2nd st) a hungarian film the smart people at the newyorkpress raved about. i bought a ticket and dropped into one of those dreadful foldable chairs, fought off the stink of mold and time, and looked back to s [...]

This not your laid back summer beach read. Don’t even think of attempting this on a train, a plane, a park, a doctor’s office or anywhere where you won’t be able to focus completely and fall face first into this absurd Hungarian nightmare.With about three paragraphs in the entire 300 pages, and just a smattering of sentences (I’m exaggerating, but not by much), Melancholy seemed to gush out of Krasznahorkai like a drunken folklore told over a campfire in the darkest pit of a forest.The f [...]

1.5 stars. You can't even imagine how rare my decision to postpone a review is : I usually rate and review the books I read immediately, for better or for worst.The Melancholy of Resistance was different.Indeed my first reaction after closing this novel was, What the Fuck did I just read? Huh? I was so lost between my excitation during the first 30% and the boredom I felt after - in addition to some side-eying (I'll come back to that) - that I left my rating blank on and gave myself some weeks [...]

Une saison en enfer It was really terrifying because this fantasy reminded me of modern greek reality, especially everyday disasters in Athens Krasznahorkai's writing method is like digging, deeper and deeper, until you can not climb back He is my Nobel Prize winner!

I open the covers and am on a train. Noisy and disordered, Mrs. Plauf, a conventional middle class woman returning from her yearly sojourn to visit her disabled and housebound sisters, sits among peasants. The order of the country has been disrupted and trains no longer run on schedule. The class system is blurred and separation of class distinction disintegrating She thinks only of returning to her apartment and all the objects within providing her comfort. They are all there and she relaxes un [...]

STAALKAART #35***DE MELANCHOLIE VAN HET VERZET, GRANDIOZE ROMAN VAN HONGAARSE MEESTER LÁSZLÓ KRASZNAHORKAI Na 'Satanstango' in 2012 brengt de Wereldbibliotheek nu een tweede roman van de Hongaar László Krasznahorkai op de markt. Ook in 'De melancholie van het verzet' ontleedt en herschikt Krasznahorkai de wereld tot een nieuwe werkelijkheid die onze kijk op de gebruikelijke orde van de dingen - de orde tussen goed en kwaad, zeg maar – danig ondersteboven haalt en ontregelt. Het kaliber van [...]

There are better reviews than this one to read about this book. Here is one. And another. And a thirdone. (For those who don't know if they want to click, those link to David's, Brian's and Mariel's reviews). I had very strong feelings of fondness but not love for this book. It would have been a four and a half star book, but it never had that unquantifiable something that pushes a book past the really really like category and into the love category. Maybe I'm just being a superficial bastard an [...]

David and brian's reviews. Now no one is reading this so it doesn’t matter that I’m tongued-tied and confused how to express my feelings on The Melancholy of Resistance. (I can will myself to do anything if I tell myself that nothing I do matters. It feels like freedom. Everything I say is bullshit anyway.)I’ve been doodling whales and stars for days and days. It’s difficult to ever translate those images to outside of me. Hold on, I meant to say that ‘Melancholy’ was translated from [...]

Một thành phố nhỏ tầm thường xoàng xĩnh ở Hungari đột nhiên bị náo động bởi sự xuất hiện của một đoàn xiếc kỳ lạ mang theo “một kỳ quan độc nhất vô nhị”: con cá voi to nhất người ta từng thấy nằm trên cái bệ khổng lồ. Và rồi biến cố tưởng như vô thưởng vô phạt này rốt cuộc lại kéo theo một loạt biến cố càng lúc càng bất ngờ, phi thực và bạo liệt, dẫn đến sự n [...]

Μετα το συγκλονιστικο Πολεμος και πολεμος οι προσδοκιες ηταν πολυ μεγαλες οι οποιες ομως επαληθευτηκαν στο επακρο. Αλλο ενα μεγιστο επιτευγμα απο τον Ουγγρο συγγραφεα η γραφη του οποιου σε σφυροκοπαει με ανελεητο τροπο προκαλωντας σφιξιμο στο στομαχι, τεντωμα των νευρων [...]

There are over 50 reviews of this book on so I won't sum up the story in any way. Just some comments. The book is about destruction and decay; disharmony and disorder. It is also about, in a twisted, sad way, harmony and rebirth. Each character wins or loses according to their own take on the world; their own resilience and abilities, both intellectually and morally. (Moral ability?) Of the main characters, Mrs. Eszter, the true Leviathan of the story, through her Machiavellian maneuverings, co [...]

The Melancholy of Resistance is, George Szirtes says, ‘a slow lava flow of narrative, a vast black river of type’. And because I adore Szirtes, the poet, I chose to imbue his summation with promises of a linguistic operetta of multifactorial continuo. Alas, he too must earn his daily bread, (being the novel’s translator) and so it transpires, at the end of this epic polity, that he meant what he said entirely literally: a statement of fact rather than a literary endorsement.A vast black ri [...]

So who knew that Bela Tarr's Werckmeister Harmonies was an adaptation? This dense, winding novel seemingly condenses much of the tumultuous experience of 20th century Hungary into a few days of carefully cryptic allegory that is stronger and more universal for its lack of easy 1:1 correspondences between its reality and the greater one. The novel was adapted for screen by Tarr with the author and its long sentences and lack of paragraph breaks are reflected in the film's long, seamless takes (of [...]

To get its essence entirely one has to read it in the cold. Outside, and at night. Where one can look up to see the stars. Or to not see them. And then wonder if up is really where we are looking. He glanced up and suddenly had the sensation that the sky wasn't where it was supposed to be; terrified, he looked up again and confirmed the fact that there was indeed nothing there, so he bowed his head and surrendered to the fur caps and the boots, realizing that it was no use to search because what [...]

Ne znam odakle da počnem, sem da dva Krasnahorkaijeva romana u kratkom periodu nisu dobra ideja sem ako ne želite potvrdu kosmosa da svi treba da se obesimo.Svakako je jasno da je Krasnahorkai, kako sam negde pročitala, pokušao da 'popravi' ono čime je bio nezadovoljan u Satantangu. Meni se čini, pak, da je prvo trebalo prevesti Satantango, pa onda Melanholiju otpora, ne samo zbog hronološkog sleda, već i zbog toga što, uprkos prevodiočevom stavu, mislim da je Satantango tehnički uspe [...]

Ήξερα ήδη από τα δύο προηγούμενα βιβλία του Κσαρναχορκάι που είχα διαβάσει ότι κρατούσα στα χέρια μου ένα εν δυνάμει αριστούργημα και φυσικά δεν διαψεύστηκα. Οι προτάσεις που ξεκινούν και δεν ξέρεις πότε, πώς και σε τι κατάσταση θα βρουν εσένα και τους ήρωες του βιβλίου ότα [...]

Luckily I found this book in a local bookstore the day after I saw Bela Tarr's film Werckmeister Harmonies. The author and Tarr have a very close relationship and have collaborated on adapting Krazhnahorkai's novels into films, but I think this is the only novel that has been translated into English.As with other books, I read this so feverishly (and it begs to be read feverishly as the whole book is one long paragraph, and some sentences go on for pages) that I can't give any kind of detached d [...]

There are moments of astounding beauty in this book. My personal favourite is when Valuska,the book's holy fool, demonstrates the motion of the planets around the sun in the kind of bar only found only in Hungarian and Slav lit, 'the penny Riesling in their scratch-marked glasses'. Dark bars they are, where tables rock on their uneven legs and pickling spices permeate the walls. I think I read this stuff for those bars. Valuska demonstrates the motion of the planets with his fellow drinkers, and [...]

De Hongaar Laszlo Krasznahorkai is in Nederland wat minder bekend dan zijn geniale landgenoten Kertesz, Konrad, Nadas en Esterhazy. Maar in het Duitse en Angelsaksische taalgebied geldt hij al tijden als een fenomeen, zeker sinds hij de Man Booker International 2015 heeft gewonnen. Nu wordt hij ook in Nederland ontdekt: in 2012 werd zijn verbluffende debuut "Satanstango" vertaald, en nu ook "Melancholie van het verzet". Over "Satanstango" heb ik flink gejubeld: dat was een geweldig leesfeest voo [...]

Gewoonlijk gaat het zo. Ik koop een boek, of leen er eentje in de buurtbib, daarna ligt dat boek dan een tijdje op de vensterbank zijn beurt af te wachten, meestal niet zo lang. Dan lees ik het. Daarna babbel ik erover met vrienden, soms zoek ik er uit nieuwsgierigheid nog wat over op en tenslotte schrijf ik een recensietje over op . Maar. Met. Dit. Boek. Lukt. Dat. Niet.Ik ben recensies beginnen schrijven, omdat ik graag lees en graag schrijf. Puur voor mezelf is dat dubbele winst: ik heb een o [...]

It’s hard not to feel like a panegyrist of the Apocalypse when you are tackling Krasznahorkai on the New Year’s Eve and letting the eponymous melancholy wrap around your mind like a mist. What’s happened to the world, how has it turned out to be nothing less than an unfathomable hell between some vague, treacherous future and unmemorable past? Is there any positivity left in there at all? Even the weather has lost its stability - the once brotherly bond between heaven and earth has been we [...]

I'm starting to think that when people say a book is 'in the tradition of Gogol,' they really mean 'it's set somewhere East of Paris but West of Tokyo.' I guess this is in the tradition of Gogol, inasmuch as it's satirical, and not from Western Europe. But the point of Krasznahorkai's novel is not slight mockery-of-the-rurals. It is the sentences, the paragraphs rather, which pile up and leave you nowhere to go--and thank all that is holy for George Szirtes, who has made this masterpiece accessi [...]

On the heels of L��szl�_ Krasznahorkai���s victory this year for winning the Best Translated Book Award (BTBA) two years in a row, ever astute critic Scott Esposito has assembled a crash course in all things Krasznahorkai. The gist is that one can begin with Krasznahorkai anywhere, and, while I do agree with this, I also believe that my own journey through the work of the great ���Hungarian master of apocalypse������to use Susan Sontag���s remarks on his work, [...]

The Triviality of Plot, As Opposed to ConditionIt's just not possible not to read a book that is endorsed by W.G. Sebald and Susan Sontag, and whose author -- and his amazing translator -- can write sentences like this:"To be wise, however, soberly to anticipate what might lie in store, was truly no easy task, for it was as is some vital yet undetectable modification had taken place in the eternally stable composition of the air, in the very remoteness of that hitherto faultless mechanism or unn [...]


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