Laszlo Krasznahorkai, George Szirtes, Ottilie Mulzet
Translated by George Szirtes
From the winner of the Man Booker International Prize
In the darkening embers of a Communist utopia, life in a desolate Hungarian town has come to a virtual standstill. Flies buzz, spiders weave, water drips and animals root desultorily in the barnyard of a collective farm.
But when the charismatic Irimias – long-thought dead – returns, the villagers fall under his spell. Irimias sets about swindling the villagers out of a fortune that might allow them to escape the emptiness and futility of their existence. He soon attains a messianic aura as he plays on the fears of the townsfolk and a series of increasingly brutal events unfold.
A modern masterpiece that manages to speak both of its time and to transcend it altogether * Sunday Telegraph * A monster of a novel: compact, cleverly constructed, often exhilarating * Guardian *
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