Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Winner of 2015 International Man Booker Price

László Krasznahorkai, a Hungarian who is often called a "visionary writer," is this year's Winner of the Man Booker International Prize. The prize honours a body of work either written in English or available in English  translation.

His translator George Szirtes has called his prose  a “slow lava flow of narrative, a vast black river of type.”

Chair of Judges, Marina Warner, spoke about Krasznahorkai's novels. “The Melancholy of Resistance, Satantango and Seiobo There Below are magnificent works of deep imagination and complex passions, in which the human comedy verges painfully on transcendence,” said Warner.
“He has two different periods, the earlier one, from the 80s, when he wrote apocalyptic, dark, brooding novels about small towns, small people being destroyed. Then he moved into a luminously beautiful phase, from which we’ve got Seiobo in English. It’s really an extraordinary book.”
Warner called Krasznahorkai’s prose “absolutely stunning”, and a “thrilling” experience to read. “This extraordinary style he has, which people sometimes object to – if you think of it like music, the piece begins, and at first you don’t know where you are, it’s unfamiliar, and then it begins to feel natural, the rhythm keeps puling you along,” she said. 

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