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Marc (monkeelino) | 2565 comments Mod
The amount of art, history, and culture this book covers is pretty extensive. This thread is for any resources you want to share and/or discuss that provide a deeper understanding of the book (these may include spoilers).

Here's a review which puts this book into context with other works by the author:
Review: László Krasznahorkai’s "Seiobo There Below"
By Jonathon Kyle Sturgeon


And here is a creepy picture of the author looking judgmentally upon us daring us to unearth the secrets of his work.



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Casceil | 1692 comments Mod
That is creepy!


Marc (monkeelino) | 2565 comments Mod
I've yet to see a pic of him not dressed in black and looking intense/brooding!


Marc (monkeelino) | 2565 comments Mod
Even the chapter numbering in this book attempts to reflect some of the themes. LK uses the Fibonacci sequence for the numbering scheme, which itself creates a repeating pattern toward infinity... another attempt at perfection? Apparently, it creates a spiral much like the Golden Ratio and depending on how its visualized reminded me a bit of the sacred evident in the Alhambra tile patterns (Chapter 89).

Here's an interesting depiction:



Jessica Izaguirre (sweetji) | 120 comments I had to double check the numbers of the chapters when I saw I was on chapter 5! hehe.
I studied the Fibonacci sequence both in college for Computer Science and then in Art School, because the Golden Ratio is used in paintings throughout history. Very interesting.


Marc (monkeelino) | 2565 comments Mod
Jessica wrote: "I had to double check the numbers of the chapters when I saw I was on chapter 5! hehe.
I studied the Fibonacci sequence both in college for Computer Science and then in Art School, because the Gold..."


You must have a pretty unique perspective having approached it from such varied approaches as computer science and art.

This is not the first novel of his that deals with the Fibonacci sequence and art that incorporates it -- hat tip to Whitney for passing along this article: The Fibonacci Novel.


Jessica Izaguirre (sweetji) | 120 comments Yeah, I first saw it in the Mathematical sense and learned how to draw part of the spiral using functions. Then I learned how it was part of nature and how you can use it for art compositions. Math and Art are such an intrinsic part of life and nature. It is also very spiritual if you believe that God created it and that is why the perfect ratio.

Thanks for sharing the article, I will check it out and will try to check out the book as well.


Marc (monkeelino) | 2565 comments Mod
It's fascinating to me that LK would have created such a book that is also very spiritual and yet he claims "not to believe in anything."

Fascinating KCRW Bookworm interview with him here.


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