Title: SEIOBO THERE BELOW - Rare Pristine Copy of ...
Publisher: London, England: Tuskar Rock Press, 2015
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 451 pages. Published in 2015. The author's fourth novel. One of Laszlo Krasznahorkai's greatest achievements. The first appearance of the title in the United Kingdom and in hardcover. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Laszlo Krasznahorkai's "Seibo jart odalent" in a felicitous English translation. "Beauty reflects, however fleetingly, the sacred, and even if we are mostly unable to bear it" (Ottilie Mulzet). Until recently (that is, 2015, upon winning the MAN Booker International Prize), Krasznahorkai was largely unknown among readers in English. But he has been a revered cult figure among cinephiles for a very long time: He collaborated with Bela Tarr, one of the four or five greatest living filmmakers, on the latter's most important films, notably "Werckmeister Harmonies" (2000) and "Satantango" (1994), the seven-hour-long epic that is based on Krasznahorkai's great novel (finally translated into English in 2012). "The contemporary Hungarian master of the Apocalypse who inspires comparisons with Gogol and Melville" (Susan Sontag). "The universality of his vision far surpasses all the lesser concerns of contemporary writing" (W. G. Sebald). An absolute "must-have" title for Laszlo Krasznahorkai collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Laszlo Krasznahorkai. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It comes with a pristine copy of the First American Edition/First Printing, which is a softcover original only, but precedes the British Edition. This title is a great book. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First British Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the MAN Booker Intrernational Prize in 2015. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LASZLO KRASZNAHORKAI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1781255105. Bookseller Inventory # 19749
Synopsis: Finalist for 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
About the Author: Laszlo Krasznahorkai was born in Gyula, Hungary, in 1954. He has written five novels and won numerous prizes, including the 2013 Best Translated Book Award in Fiction for Satantango. In 1993, he won the Best Book of the Year Award in Germany for The Melancholy of Resistance and in 2015 was listed as a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize. For more about Krasznahorkai, visit his extensive website: http://www.krasznahorkai.hu/
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