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Winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize



Beauty, in Laszlo Krasznahorkai's new novel, reflects, however fleeting, the sacred - even if we are mostly unable to bear it.



In Seiobo There Below we see the Japanese goddess Seiobo returning to mortal realms in search of perfection. An ancient Buddha being restored; the Italian renaissance painter Perugino managing his workshop; a Japanese Noh actor rehearsing; a fanatic of Baroque music lecturing to a handful of old villagers; tourists intruding into the rituals of Japan's most sacred shrine; a heron as it gracefully hunts its prey. Told in chapters that sweep us across the world and through time, covering the furthest reaches of human experience, Krasznahorkai demands that we pause and ask ourselves these questions: What is sacred? How do we define beauty? What makes great art endure?



Melancholic and mesmerisingly beautiful, this latest novel by the author of Satantango shows us how to glimpse the divine through extraordinary art and human endeavour.



Winner of Best Translated Book of the Year Award 2014



Translated by Ottilie Mulzet

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Profile Books Ltd Publication Date: 12/05/2016 ISBN-13: 9781781255117  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Laszlo Krasznahorkai was born in Gyula, Hungary, in 1954. He has written five novels and won numerous prizes, including the International Man Booker Prize 2015, 2013 Best Translated Book Award in Fiction for Satantango, and 1993 Best Book of the Year Award in Germany for The Melancholy of Resistance. For more about Krasznahorkai, visit his extensive website: http://www.krasznahorkai.hu/.

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A monumental figure of European fiction, Krasznahorkai shook up the Hungarian literary scene with the publication of his astonishing debut, Santantango, in 1985. Uncompromising and sophisticated, his work exhibits a gallows humour. Of all the books that have shaped my thinking on art and life, Seiobo There Below is at the forefront. Yet every book of his is unmissable. I owe his translators, George Szirtes and Ottilie Mulzet, a great debt.

Gary, Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 10/04/2018

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