Animalinside (Cahiers)

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This cahier is the result of a collaboration undertaken specially for The Cahiers Series, between Hungarian novelist László Krasznahorkai and German painter Max Neumann. Krasznahorkai, author of The Melancholy of Resistance and War & War, responds with 14 texts to 14 depictions of a strange and ill-formed creature made by the renowned German painter Max Neumann. The texts speak from within the head of Neumann’s creature that seems to be menacing existence itself. The cahier is introduced with a preface by Irish novelist Colm Tóibín.

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László Krasznahorkai is a celebrated Hungarian novelist and winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. His works include Satantango and Seibo There Below.


“Krasznahorkai’s most recent work in English is not a novel but a collaboration between the writer and the German artist Max Neumann. Animalinside is a series of fourteen exquisite and enigmatic paintings, with paragraph-length texts by Krasznahorkai . . . . The pleasure of the book flows from its extraordinary, stretched, self-recoiling sentences, which are marvels of a loosely punctuated stream of consciousness.”

(James Wood New Yorker)

Animalinside is a series of short texts that alternate with paintings by Max Neumann. . . . The resulting chapbook is a rolling, menacing howl that sounds like the supplication of a pet at one moment and erupts into the fury of a savage beast the next.”

(Jennifer Szalai London Review of Books)

“Excellent.” (Scott Esposito Washington Post)

"There's delight in response, a collaboration of painting and fiction in Neumann and Krasznahorkai's Animalinside. Book design becomes performance as character gains dimension through reinterpretation, passed back and forth from Neumann's paintings to Krasznahorkai's stories, requiring translation into and out of text and image in a continuous extension of drama." (Sarah Gerard BOMB Magazine)

“German painter Max Neumann offers up fourteen strange renditions of animal-like creatures, and Krasznahorkai responds with fourteen short pieces that speak directly from the mind of each.” (Typographical Era)

“Beautifully published. . . . In this haunting work, Krasznahorkai responds to fourteen different artworks depicting a deformed, tortured creature with texts that seem to inhabit the consciousness of Neumann’s monstrous creature from within and without.” (Biblioasis International Translation blog)

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Krasznahorkai, Laszlo (Author); Neumann, Max (Artist) & Toibin, Colm (Contributor)
Published by New York City, NY: New Directions/Center For Writers & Translators At The American University Of Paris, 2010
ISBN 10: 0956509215 ISBN 13: 9780956509215
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Book Description New York City, NY: New Directions/Center For Writers & Translators At The American University Of Paris, 2010. Soft cover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 1st Printing. 40 pages. Published in 2010. Artist Book. Collaboration between Laszlo Krasznahorkai and Max Neumann. Limited Edition of 2000 copies. Precedes and should not be confused with the regular trade edition, particularly the New Directions Edition, which is inferior to it. Published as a softcover original only. The Limited Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Sylph Editions: Regular-sized volume format. Red softcovers, as issued. Art by Max Neumann. Text by Laszlo Krasznahorkai. Preface by Colm Toibin, himself a great contemporary writer and champion of the author's work. Original obi-band intact. Printed on pristine-white, thick uncoated stock paper (for the text) and coated stock paper delicately overlaid on the page (for the art) in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. The reproduction quality of the "seven-stage printing process" is outstanding in every respect and must be seen to be believed. In cream ribbed DJ with titles on the cover, as issued. Presents, in its Limited Edition format, Laszlo Krasnahorkai's and Max Neumann's "Animalinside" in a felicitous English translation. Their sublime, now-canonical collaboration. "As if some chained being had to shake its essence free, as if art taken to its limit were a form of howling, 'Animalinside' explodes from its first line: 'He wants to break free, attempts to stretch open the walls, but he has been taut-ened by them, and there he remains in this taut-ening, in this constraint, and there is nothing to do but howl'. To create this work that strains against all constraints, Laszlo Krasznahorkai began from one of Max Neumann's paintings. Neumann, spurred into action, created 14 more images, which unleashed an additional thirteen texts from the author. 'Animalinside' is the rare case of two matchless artists meeting across disciplines. Amazing Neumann images" (Publisher's blurb). 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 and Max Neumann collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few copies of the "Cahiers Series" Sylph Deluxe Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Please note: This is the Sylph Editions publication, which is infinitely superior to, and is NOT the New Directions regular trade edition. A rare copy thus. 14 color plates. Two of the greatest writers and artists of our time. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LASZLO KRASZNAHORKAI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0956509215. no. Seller Inventory # 16599

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