11. 29. 2017. 13:00

László Krasznahorkai 's The World Goes On

The World Goes On is a magnificent new collection of stories by "the contemporary Hungarian master of apocalypse" (Susan Sontag). László Krasznahorkai's new book was published in November 2017, by New Directions. Translated by John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet and George Szirtes.

In The World Goes On, a narrator first speaks directly, then tells twenty-one unforgettable stories, and then bids farewell ("for here I would leave this earth and these stars, because I would take nothing with me"). As László Krasznahorkai himself explains: "Each text is about drawing our attention away from this world, speeding our body toward annihilation, and immersing ourselves in a current of thought or a narrative…" A Hungarian interpreter obsessed with waterfalls, at the edge of the abyss in his own mind, wanders the chaotic streets of Shanghai. A traveler, reeling from the sights and sounds of Varanasi, encounters a giant of a man on the banks of the Ganges ranting on the nature of a single drop of water. A child laborer in a Portuguese marble quarry wanders off from work one day into a surreal realm utterly alien from his daily toils. The World Goes On is another amazing masterpiece by the winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. "The excitement of his writing," Adam Thirlwell proclaimed in the New York Review of Books, "is that he has come up with his own original forms—there is nothing else like it in contemporary literature."

Published by New Directions.

Excerpt in The Paris Review: Wants to Forget.


Previously on HLO

László Krasznahorkai in The New Yorker

Booker Prize 2015 goes to László Krasznahorkai

We're getting close to the fire – the new Krasznahorkai novel has arrived