Hungarian maestro László Krasznahorkai is laconic and shrewd, as practical as he is existential, capable of wresting huge laughs as well as immense profundity from the commonplace and the way in which we choose to respond to it.

—Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times

Two short masterworks by the most recent winner of the Man Booker International Prize: here, in miniature, is every reason why he won

The Last Wolf & Herman

Fiction by László Krasznahorkai

Translated from the Hungarian by George Szirtes John Batki

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Clothbound (published September 27, 2016)

ISBN
9780811226080
Price US
15.95
Trim Size
4.5 x 7
Page Count
96

Ebook (published September 27, 2016)

ISBN
9780811226097

Hungarian maestro László Krasznahorkai is laconic and shrewd, as practical as he is existential, capable of wresting huge laughs as well as immense profundity from the commonplace and the way in which we choose to respond to it.

—Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times

Wild and wonderful.

—Adam Thirlwell, The Guardian

Krasznahorkai’s method is to examine reality “to the point of madness” and he does so with majestic style and black comedy.

—Luke Brown, Financial Times

Together, ‘The Last Wolf’ and ‘Herman’ raise a set of spiritual questions that affirms their author as one of the most important — and eccentric — writers working today.

—Hari Kunzru, The Spectator

Krasznahorkai shows himself to be a writer of immense talent, capable of creating stories that are both unforgettably visceral and beautiful on the page.

—Claire Kohda Hazelton, The Guardian

Don’t underestimate the pair; they might look flimsy enough to finish during a long commute but they’ll haunt you — or perhaps hunt you — long after the final full-stop has been left behind.

—Jeva Langer, Electric Literature

Slow, relentless forces permeate the world of László Krasznahorkai; his characters are subject to glacial currents that bear them ever onwards, an inch at a time, toward a horizon they constantly imagine but never actually behold. In so doing, they cry, or laugh, or cry laughing, or carry out the timeworn repetitions that make a life, until the moment they come up against the horizon.

—Camille Dajewski, Music & Literature

A seminal author of our time.

The Quarterly Conversation

Two short but maddeningly complex fictions by the Hungarian master of the postmodern… Somewhere James Joyce is smiling. Krasznahorkai is a writer who, though difficult, demands greater recognition by readers outside Hungary.

Kirkus Reviews

Both the novellas in The Last Wolf and Herman, have an eerie, looking-glass quality. They are also very short—excellent gateway drugs to Krasznahorkai’s work… As the very best fiction always does, they bring another world—an alien world, let’s say—into our own.

—Christine Smallwood, Harper’s

László Krasznahorkai is a visionary writer of extraordinary intensity and vocal range who captures the texture of present-day existence in scenes that are terrifying, strange, appallingly comic, and often shatteringly beautiful: magnificent works of deep imagination and complex passions, in which the human comedy verges painfully onto transcendence.

—Marina Warner, Announcing The 2015 Man Booker International Prize