Satantango - Laszlo Krasznahorkai

Staff Pick

The most striking feature of Krasznahorkai’s books are the solid blocks of text filling every page; he is not partial to paragraph breaks, nor periods. Despite these intimidating formal choices, the plot is not so dense. Workers on a Hungarian estate are lost without their leader, a revered, charismatic yet dubious figure described in divine terms. The psychological portrayals of each character in this drenched, crumbling setting are what turn the pages; suddenly bereft of leadership, helpless, indecisive, and untrusting, the citizens drink too much and hatch plans they know they won’t carry out, and ultimately, they reach destructive levels of emotional volatility. It’s a rickety rollercoaster ride that keeps stalling amid an unending downpour of rain – and I mean that in the best kind of way.

Satantango By László Krasznahorkai, George Szirtes (Translated by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811220897
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Published: New Directions - December 10th, 2013

Ninety-Nine Stories of God - Joy Williams

Staff Pick

Joy Williams’ mini-vignettes are a little more thought-provoking, if slightly less quirky and humorous, than Lydia Davis’ masterly flash fictions. While Williams’ pieces are almost all amusing, it’s the through-line presented in the title that adds cohesion and a little poignancy to the whole endeavor. In this book, ‘the Lord’ often appears to readers going through everyday activities, visiting animals and museums, and pondering exactly when control over earth and its creatures was lost; no single story is so comprehensive as to tie all of this together, but approached like an impressionist painting, each careful brushstroke can be found contributing to a beautiful whole.

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ISBN: 9781941040355
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Published: Tin House Books - July 12th, 2016

The Dig - Cynan Jones

Staff Pick

This unsettling tale contains an odd emotional concoction: The depths of grief after a man loses his wife under somewhat mysterious circumstances, and the grittiness of a badger baiter in the Scottish countryside. This novel is neither bucolic nor forgiving. Instead, the terse stylization provides a brisk pace while the vivid language and uncanny settings, both literal and emotional, make this a very memorable read.

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ISBN: 9781566893930
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 7th, 2015