Satantango (novel)

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Author László Krasznahorkai
Original title Sátántangó
Translator George Szirtes
Country Hungary
Language Hungarian
Publisher Magvető Könyvkiadó
Publication date
Published in English
Pages 333
ISBN 9631403831

Satantango (Hungarian: Sátántangó, tr. "Satan's Tango") is a 1985 novel by the Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai.[1] It is Krasznahorkai's debut novel.[2] It was adapted into a widely acclaimed seven-hour film, Sátántangó (1994), directed by Béla Tarr. The English translation by George Szirtes won the Best Translated Book Award (2013).[3]


Jacob Silverman of The New York Times reviewed the book in 2012, and wrote that it "shares many of [Krasznahorkai]'s later novels' thematic concerns — the abeyance of time, an apocalyptic sense of crisis and decay — but it's an altogether more digestible work. Its story skips around in perspective and temporality, but the narrative is rarely unclear. For a writer whose characters often exhibit a claustrophobic interiority, Krasznahorkai also shows himself to be unexpectedly expansive and funny here."[4]

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  1. ^ Lea, Richard (24 August 2012). "László Krasznahorkai interview: 'This society is the result of 10,000 years?'". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  2. ^ NHQ (The New Hungarian Quarterly) 1990: "Laszlo Krasznahorkai's first novel, Sátántangó ("Satan's Tango", 1985: NHQ 100 contains an extract) was about hope, his second one is about hopelessness."
  3. ^ Chad W. Post (May 6, 2013). "2013 BTBA Winners: Satantango and Wheel with a Single Spoke". Three Percent. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ Silverman, Jacob (2012-03-16). "The Devil They Know". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-18.