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The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai
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Dec 05, 2011

really liked it
Read from December 17 to 26, 2011

Ultimately, I suspect Krasznahorkai's reputation is inextricably bound up with Bela Tarr's films in a way that buoys his critical reception, but this is a very, very good novel which works at its best when withholding information from the reader in a way that mirrors the imperfect knowledge of its characters (except for one moment late in the novel where a viewpoint character refuses to acknowledge the identity of a corpse for several pages in a way that simply doesn't make sense). Krasznahorkai's long sentences are used to great effect by and large, although his stylistic excess is cartoony--more Mervyn Peake than Faulkner--in a way that's enjoyable, and he has the ability to make inanimate objects seem animate (which is reminiscent of--though less effective than--Wyndham Lewis's prose in The Apes of God). That being said, given all the raves around this book, I was expecting to be blown away, and, well...what I seemed to read was a very, very good novel that didn't quite meet my expectations...but that really says more about the problem of bringing expectations to a book than the book itself. If I'd read nothing about the author all I'd think about is how very, very good this book is (and not about how I was expecting it to be even better than the already excellent book it was). In short, this is the first Krasznahorkai I've read, and I am certainly keen to read more...

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