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Author: Laszlo Krasznahorkai

ISBN: 9781848877658
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1 August 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.8
Satantango is a visionary masterpiece of post-war Hungarian literature: bleak, brutal and brilliant.

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 to the commune, the villagers fall under his spell. The Devil has arrived in their midst.

Irimias will divide and rule: his arrival heralds the beginning of a period of violence and greed for the villagers as he sets about swindling them 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.

Satantango follows the villagers as they are exploited and taken in by Irimias; as they drink and stumble their way toward the gradual realization of their mistake and ultimate demise. In its measured prose and long, Tolstoyan sentences, Sa...

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