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The Bill: For Palma Vecchio, at Venice

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
In The Bill, László Krasznahorkai’s madly lucid voice pours forth in a single, vertiginous, eleven-page sentence addressing Palma Vecchio, a sixteenth-century Venetian painter. Peering out from the pages are Vecchio’s voluptuous, bare-breasted blondes, a succession of models transformed on the canvas into portraits of apprehensive sexuality. Alongside these women, the writ ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published November 15th 2013 by Sylph Editions
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M. Sarki
Jan 09, 2015 M. Sarki rated it really liked it
I wish Gordon Lish had instead written this little book as he would have shown László Krasznahorkai how to do it right. Not that the book wasn't interesting, but I hear the voice of Lish doing much greater damage than LK ever could. Oh well, it is what it is. I still "really liked it" enough to give it four stars.
Will
Jan 30, 2014 Will rated it it was amazing
A lovely dialogue with art and the artist and the models and time and the gaze

"...it is not the fact that they drive men crazy the way they peel off their clothes; oh no, quite the opposite, nor is it the way the breast pops out, or the belly or the lap, or the rump and the thighs appear for any such appearance means the end of unfettered illusion, no, it's the moment when the faint flickering candlelight reveals the animal in their eyes, because it is this look that drives everyone crazy, craz
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Carolyn
Apr 23, 2015 Carolyn rated it really liked it
Krasznahorkai glances sidelong at Vecchio, he who nurses at the wound of the world, he who bathes in linens and hair the colour of golden coins the infernality of lust, the metaphysical dilemma of longing, the tempestuous relation between presence and absence. The secret to the most reverent of paintings is in what is not there: as in life, we revel and progress if only for what is lacking. László holds the artist's brush in this fine diacritic of an analysis. His portraiture is of the artist ...more
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Sep 07, 2016 Konstantin rated it really liked it
As always Laszlo is a wonderful stylist and an experimenter with grammatical realism. The story is just one elongated sentence that builds and builds without seeming too daunting. I love the way he, the narrator, is often conscious of what he is describing or saying. What do we really have when he have achieved what we want? Another way of saying it is the journey, the chase that gives the end its meaning (or does it; perhaps the goal is just as hollow as a circle when we have finally made a ...more
Anna-Maija Tähkävuori
Nov 28, 2013 Anna-Maija Tähkävuori rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: nykyteoksena
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Palkittu László Kraznahorkai jatkaa kysymyksiä herättäviä postmoderneja kokeilujaan. Tosin pokkari lienee lähinnä välityö tai käsikirjoituksen runko yltämättä aivan tuotannon parhaimpiin (Satantango, Melancholy of Resistance).
Syväsukellus kiihkeästi naislumoa maalanneen Palma Vecchion (1480-1528) taiteen jännitteisiin tarjoaa lähtökohdan - mielestäni välillä rajulle, outoja tunteita välittävälle - sanailulle.
Bill:For Palma Vecchio, at Venice etsii, aavistelee, purkaa aihetta vieden läpikuultavi
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Steven
Nov 16, 2015 Steven rated it it was amazing
The Bill, Laszlo Krasznahorkai (Szirtes)...I found it while moving (ugh! bummer) but I had been looking for it and I saw it in my wife's "throw away" pile...beautiful in execution and, like, Animalinside, a beautiful object.
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Jan 23, 2014 Ryan Edwards rated it really liked it
Shelves: hungary, aesthetics
Làsz ruminates on desire and capturing that fleeting moment before the inevitably unfulfilling satiety. Of course, a similar feeling accompanies this painfully short text.
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László Krasznahorkai is the difficult, peculiar, obsessive, visionary Hungarian author of eight novels.

He is probably best known through the oeuvre of the director Béla Tarr, who has collaborated with him on several movies. He is also the 2015 Man Booker International Prize Winner.

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