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The world goes on

Author: La̹szlo̹ Krasznahorkai; John Batki; Ottilie Mulzet; George Szirtes
Publisher: New York : New Directions, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English
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In The World Goes On, a narrator first speaks directly, then tells eleven 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 Krasznahoraki 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Translations into English
Named Person: La̹szlo̹ Krasznahorkai
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: La̹szlo̹ Krasznahorkai; John Batki; Ottilie Mulzet; George Szirtes
ISBN: 9780811224192 0811224198
OCLC Number: 1015684500
Description: 311 pages : illustration ; 20 cm
Contents: Speaks. Wandering-standing --
On velocity --
He wants to forget --
How lovely --
At the latest in Turin --
The world goes on --
Universal Theseus --
One hundred people all told --
Not on the Heracleitean path --
Nine dragon crossing --
One time on 381 --
György Fehe̹r's Henrik Molnár --
Bankers --
A drop of water --
Downhill on a forest road --
The bill --
That Gagarin --
Obstacle theory --
Journey in a place without blessings --
The swan of Istanbul --
Bids farewell. I don't need anything from here.
Responsibility: La̹szlo̹ Krasznahorkai ; translated from the Hungarian by John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet, and George Szirtes.

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In The World Goes On, a narrator first speaks directly, then tells eleven 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 Krasznahoraki 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.

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