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Satantango

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  3,856 ratings  ·  562 reviews
Already famous as the inspiration for the filmmaker Béla Tarr’s six-hour masterpiece, Satantango is proof that “the devil has all the good times.”

The story of Satantango, spread over a couple of days of endless rain, focuses on the dozen remaining inhabitants of an unnamed isolated hamlet: failures stuck in the middle of nowhere.

Schemes, crimes, infidelities, hopes of escape, and above all t
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Hardcover, 274 pages
Published March 5th 2012 by New Directions (first published 1985)
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Ema
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ema by: Declan
I am reading Satantango at my parents' house. A communist block of flats, tiny cubicles with thin walls, through which the noise of a Tv set penetrates from my neighbor upstairs. Later on, my mother comes in my room and falls asleep on my bed. Poor mom, she is always so tired... Soon, the muffled noise of the Tv intermingles with my mother's snores. I am expelled from the depths of evil; I leave behind the colony, the putrid rooms, the decay. I come back to my banal reality. I glimpse at the half-eaten ca ...more
brian
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
krasznahorkai's hard at work on the next few in the series:

#2 Beezelbuballet
#3 Mephistophelesamba
#4 Azazelambada
#5 Antichristarantella
#6 Luciferumba
#7 Belialimbo
#8 Asmodeusalsa
Seemita
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not the faint-hearted, not the prejudiced; mostly keen listeners
For a rainbow-chaser and flower-collector, satan-tango is not exactly the kind of event to spend an many evenings on. The brightness is pleasing odour and the not-so-brightness is forever under verdict. But there I stayed; lurking under the disturbing, frequently tingling, always jagging edges of this strange melody oozing from the tango being played in a far land in Hungary.

In an unknown, abandoned terrain, the devil strikes my world with a soft morning hoot, a touch so ethereal, so cajoling tha
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Gaurav
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Far surpasses all the lesser concerns of contemporary writing.”
-W. G. Sebald.

"In that case, I’ll miss the thing by waiting for it.”
- Franz Kafka.




As I step out of the world of Krasznahorkai, I feel a deep hollowness inside my heart as if there is some force which is wrenching it, for I am leaving the dark Hungarian countryside where the Satantango- the dance of devil, took place. It is like I've been always on the verge of entering into the world of Satanta
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Lisa
A Tale of Prophesy, Foreshadowing, Coming, Death, Resurrection, and Testament - and it is not the Bible.

But scary and dark as it is, Satantango got many points right that the Bible didn't (because it is told in too many contradictory voices, like a random stampede).

A tango is danced with structure, with different orchestrated movements leading in one direction, even though the dancers step back occasionally, following the music of the Pied Piper summoning humanity to create a meaningless yet p
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BlackOxford
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: hungarian
Lunatics in Charge of the Asylum

Satantango is an allegory of the decline of the Communist state into a sort of primitive capitalism. The mouldering, almost derelict estate with its confused and despairing residents, looking toward a de-industrialized East, all hoping to move West as soon as they scrape the funds together. The remnants of a police state that is no longer subject to the authority of the police but to its former informers. The drunken villagers who desperately desire a messiah in whom they/>
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ArturoBelano
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoriler
Bu kitaba başlamadan önce hakkında bildiğim tek şey Bela Tarr’ın yönettiği ve 7,5 saatlik süresiyle kült olmuş filmiydi ki onu da izlememiştim. Açıkçası kitap kulübünün bu ayki okuma programında olmasaydı radarıma girer miydi bilmiyorum. Yayımlandığı günden bu yana hakkında hiçbir şey okumamış olmak benim kabahatim değil zira hakkında olumlu olumsuz bir eleştiri görmek neredeyse imkansız. Sanki böyle bir kitap hiç yayımlanmamış gibi Türkçede. Umarım Gr’de ki okunurluğu ve yorumlarla bir nebze il ...more
Dem
Jan 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Satantango by Laszlo Krasznahorkai has received numerous great reviews and write ups but for me this was a very depressing and claustrophobic read. Longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2013 but it was the cover that caught my attention as I browsed in a book shop and I am a sucker for a great cover.

In the darkening embers of a communist Utopia, life in a desolate Hungarian village has come to a virtual standstill when the charismatic Irimias long thought to dead returns home.
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David
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Laszlo Krasznahorkai's first novel Satantango certainly plays hard-to-get. This cagey, fractal narrative—divided upon itself and reassembled, almost like a cubist painting—delights in disorienting the reader and forcing him to roll up his intellectual sleeves and get down to business. Published originally in 1985, during the decline of European communism, and finally appearing in English translation this month, Satantango offers the story of a Hungarian collective which, despite its formal dissolution, fails to dis ...more
Deniz Balcı
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: macar-edebiyatı, dq
Allahım!

“Şeytan Tangosu”nu biraz önce bitirdim ve yazarın son bölümde indirdiği yumrukla sersemleyip, bir süre anlamsızca kitabı bitirmiş olmanın getireceği tatmin duygusundan da yoksun; kafamda sorularla boş boş etrafa bakındım. Ne diyeceğimi bilemiyorum! Aslında bu öyle bitirince direkt olarak yorum yapacağım eserlerden biri değil. Biraz üzerine çalışmak gerek. Metaforlar ve ayrıntılar gösterdiğinin ötesinde neleri anlatıyor kafa patlatmak lazım. Fakat bazen bir eseri bitirdiğinizd
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Jonfaith
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
A powerful open text, one rife with both fire and human failures. As I quipped early, it's a Faulkner noir in the Magyar mud. What ripens and stings is more akin to Beckett: a waiting for IKEA, with ideological trappings.

The novel opens essentially with a bell in the night. Then it rains.

The contemporary reader will ascribe a historical arc to the symbolism, unfortunately the novel was written in 1985. INXS didn't script the Velvet Revolution. Many phenomenon are repositioned after the fact. ...more
ἀρχαῖος (arkhaîos)
Once again, I wrote a full review and then, as I was about to save it, I accidently changed screens and deleted it. It was brilliant. It really was. I spent two hours on it.

I even made some great connections to Goethe's Faust (Easter bells announcing the resurrection and 'Walpurgisnacht') and to Nietzsche's eternal return.

I believe that I have captured the spirit of the book by deleting the review. Absurd.

I highly recommend it.
FotisK
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Θεωρώ πως η εκδοτική παραγωγή σύγχρονης λογοτεχνίας επιτελεί σημαντικό έργο. Είναι ζωτικής σημασίας να κινείται η αγορά του βιβλίου προκειμένου να διευρύνεται ει δυνατόν η βάση του, ενώ ταυτόχρονα το νεότερο κοινό που πυκνώνει (;) τις τάξεις να βρίσκει άμεσα σημεία αναφοράς στην εποχή του και στα ρεύματα που τη διατρέχουν.

Την ίδια στιγμή όμως, μιλώντας ως αναγνώστης άνω των 40, θεωρώ πως η σύγχρονη λογοτεχνική παραγωγή είναι συχνότερα αδιάφορη και συνάμα παρελκυστική. Αδιάφορη γιατί δεν έχει τί
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Antonomasia
The setting was half-familiar to me from reading Polish literature recently, the run-down central European village - most like the one in Andrzej Stasiuk's Tales of Galicia (1995), but ten years earlier, as Eastern Bloc Communism crumbles, (not afterwards, as everyone looks around, bewildered, asking "what now?") As if villages in Olga Tokarczuk had fallen into disrepair, or Wioletta Greg without the Cider With Rosie glow. The German names in Satantango surprised me for a minute, but of course, this was once the Austro-Hungarian ...more
Steven Godin
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, hungary
First published in Hungary in 1985 this cleverly constructed, often exhilarating, but relentlessly bleak novel is now something of a cult classic. Krasznahorkai's vision is of the likes you just don't come across that often. This book stands out from the crowd, along with everything else he has written. The story centres on the arrival of a man who may or may not be a prophet, or the devil, or just a violent being, out to cause unrest in a rotting, perishing, rain-sodden Hungarian hamlet where a ...more
Declan
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eastern-europe
Contains spoilers.

If I change one letter in the famous dictum of Julian of Norwich I can, I think, reach the core of László Krasznahorkai's world-view: All shall be hell, and all shall be hell and all manner of things shall be hell.

In Satantango, as in The Melancholy or Resistance and War and War, we are presented with worlds without pity in which all hope is vested in a single possibility which, once realised, begins to make everything much worse than it was and then, of
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عبدالخالق كلاليب
لاسلو كراسناهوركاي
صاحب الاسم الغريب والأسلوب الغريب
الروائي الذي قالت عنه الكاتبة الأمريكية سوزان سونتاج عندما ترجم للإنكليزية أول مرة إنه سيد نهاية العوالم الهنغاري
في روايته البديعة هذه يتبدّى أسلوبه الذي اشتهر به
اللغة الملتفة والمتشابكة, الجمل الطويلة, السوداوية والتشاؤم, الغرابة المدهشة والمحسوبة بدقة, الجنون المغلف بالهدوء والمنطق
العالم الذي يصفه يتفكك, يتلاشى, يتهاوى, لا شيء يبقى على حاله, عالم يسير في طريق الفناء من دون أي سيطرة عليه, ربما لأننا محكومون بالفناء
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Hakan
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
faaliyetin-yaşamın durduğu bir site, içindeki her şeyle birlikte çürümüş-çürümekte olan insanlar. teslimiyet ve çürüme. kurtulmak isterken daha da içine çeken bir çürüme. herkeste güvensizlik, şüphe, korku. aldanmanın ve aldatmanın kaçınılmazlığı. tüm umutlar tükendiğinde ortaya çıkan mucize ve kurtarıcı beklentisi…

romanın nasıl incelikle ve ustaca kurulduğu son bölümlerde anlaşılıyor ama başlangıçta, daha ilk sayfalarda çok basit ama sağlam bir yapısı olduğunu düşündüm ben: kişiler
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Dajana
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ovaj roman je dokaz da je 2016. godina, sve i da ništa drugo više nije bilo prevedeno, uvela u naš čitalački i kulturni krug neverovatno remek-delo.
Uvek imam problem sa knjigama koje su slavne jednako koliko i filmovi, ali ova knjiga je učinila da se prvi put zapitam šta bi bilo da su Tarkovski i Felini živi, pa da i oni daju svoju filmsku verziju ovog dela. Neverovatno mi je i dalje da je ovo bilo čiji prvi roman (ili mi je sad već od silnih debitantskih grozota otupela želja da ih čitam), a j
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غيث حسن
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: رواية
تقف الرواية بمزاج تأملي على هشاشة العالم ، هناك مكان ما في جسد الحياة يحاول الروائي محاصرته ثم يتركه لنا كي نتغلب عليه. !

سأبقى ممتنا لهذه الرواية دهراً. هناك روائين في طرف هذا العالم يراقبون تحركاته جيداً كأنهم كانوا قد شهدوا بأعينهم خلقه من قبل الله !
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Nora Barnacle
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jasno mi je zašto mahom dobija petice, kao što mi je jasno zašto ljude oduševljava "Sto godina samoće", ali (baš kao i "Sto godina samoće") nema ono što meni treba za 5.

Jedan od glavnih saveta koji neki veoma cenjeni predavač daje svojim đacima, polaznicima neke ekstremno elitne francuske kulinarske škole je „kad valja, oduzimaj, nemoj dodavati“.
E, da je mlađani Laslo Krasnahorkaj taj savet imao na pameti dok je pisao ovaj roman, moj književni ukus bi pred njim ničice pao u n
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M. Sarki
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
http://msarki.tumblr.com/post/5203382...

The sickly overweight doctor near the end of the book discontinues his severe watering down of his pálenka, mixing now a mere fifty-fifty blend of brandy and water as he collects in his files his records by journaling what is in his mind and the way he wants to see it now instead of his normal operating procedure of reporting on what he actually sees. In other words, the good doctor is rewriting history and there is nothing the ex-residents of the Hungarian estate can do about it. Little does h
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Michael
Dec 07, 2018 marked it as auf-pause  ·  review of another edition
"Ansonsten schwimme ich verzweifelt in bleyernsten Buchstabenstrudeln (…)"
(Arno Schmidt an Hans Wollschläger am 28.01.1963)

Vielleicht ist wenigstens dies ein Vorzug des Älterwerdens: dass man nachsichtiger wird, auch mit sich selbst. Ich kann mir eingestehen, dass SATANSTANGO mir zu düster ist und eine unheilvolle (=unheilige? - nur ein Witz) Wechelwirkung mit den kürzesten Tagen des Jahres eingeht.
Die Konstruktion des Romans ist engagiert und kunstvoll, und auch sprachlich is
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Mevsim Yenice
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Derinlikli ve farklı okumalara müsait katmanlı bir roman. Bu yılın sonuna denk gelerek kapanışı "zirvede bırakmak" adına kendimi şanslı hissettirdi :)

Macar edebiyatıyla tanışmak isteyenler için tatmin edici, zamansız, mekansız, kült denebilecek bir edebiyat eseri.

Lakin gerek anlatımı, atmosferin belirsizlik ve karmaşa üzerine kurulmuş olması (tango adımları misali) yüzünden her okuyucuya önereceğim bir kitap değil. Ya da önereceksem de kafaların odaklanmaya müsait olabileceği bir dö
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Edward
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Edward by: Karina
--Satantango

A Note about the Author
A Note about the Translator
Héctor Genta
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ungheresi
Una scrittura densa, materica, con frasi lunghe e ricche di subordinate che cercano di riprodurre su carta la lingua parlata, rinunciando così a semplificare i concetti ma esponendoli per come vengono fuori, anche in maniera farraginosa. Una lettura a tratti faticosa, con la quale si fatica ad entrare in sintonia, ma che ripaga dell’attenzione che richiede perché a forza di farsi strada nei meandri della narrazione di Krasznahorkai si finisce per ritrovarsi nel bel mezzo della storia. Una storia ...more
Bettie
Sátántangó (1994): film only

Description: In a small dilapidated village in 1990s Hungary, life has come to a virtual standstill. The autumn rains have started. The villagers expect to receive a large cash payment that evening, and then plan to leave. Some want to abscond earlier with more than their fair share of the money. However they hear that the smooth talking Irimias, whom they thought had died, is coming back. They are apprehensive that he will take all their money in one of his grandiose schemes to keep
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ferrigno
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Il romanzo è diviso nettamente in due metà. Nella prima parte, Krasznahorkai descrive una comunità di straccioni dediti al bere e al furto reciproco. C'è un antefatto, ma non viene spiegato in modo lineare; piuttosto emerge confusamente dai dialoghi dei personaggi. Lo stile è macchinoso, ricco di subordinate, evocativo più che illustrativo. Dalle pagine emergono immagini da girone dantesco. La povertà non basta a fare un inferno, per quello occorre la miseria e "miserabile" si adatta perfettamen ...more
Matt
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: media-ebooks
One thing is clear after this reading: Even wild horses couldn’t drag me to the Great Hungarian Plain. I don’t want to hang dead over the fence there (although this actually applies to all areas).

A page-turner this was not. I had to force myself each time to pick up the book again and continue reading and then I could only persevere for one or two chapters before I got stuck in the ever-present mud. Krasznahorkai turned dreariness into an art form here. Are all of his novels like that? I hope not. Never
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Chuck LoPresti
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A stunning read. Just as Breughel paintings are revered for their almost musical composition, Krasznahorkai’s long-awaited (in English at least) Satantango unfolds likes a piece of music – a tango - in style – but not in tone. And also like Brueghel’s peasants – Kraszhnahorkai’s failures scrape along through the mud in a shambling mess of drunken sin and debauchery - but somehow are never not worth your attention. Satantango is populated by only failures and false prophets. It also works like a ...more
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László Krasznahorkai is a Hungarian novelist and screenwriter who is known for critically difficult and demanding novels, often labelled as postmodern, with dystopian and bleak melancholic themes.

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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“Quietly, continually, the rain fell and the inconsolable wind that died then was forever resurrected ruffled the still surfaces of puddles so lightly it failed to disturb the delicate dead skin that had covered them during the night so that instead of recovering the previous day's tired glitter they increasingly and remorselessly absorbed the light that swam slowly out of the east.” 33 likes
“Get it into your thick head that jokes are just like life. Things that begin badly, end badly. Everything's fine in the middle, it's the end you need to worry about.” 22 likes
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