There are few words that express the pure breadth of Krasznahorkai's Satantango. Like all his works it is a seamless masterpiece. The characters within are all part of a small Hungarian town awaiting some sort of change after the fall of communism. This is a monster of a book that compels you to immerse yourself in a decrepitude that is so brutal and relentless that it becomes darkly comical at times.
-- Nick— From Nick B. Staff Picks
Now in paperback, Satantango, the novel that inspired Bela Tarr's classic film, is proof that the devil has all the good times. Set in an isolated hamlet, the novel unfolds over the course of a few rain-soaked days. Only a dozen inhabitants remain in the bleak village, rank with the stench of failed schemes, betrayals, failure, infidelity, sudden hopes, and aborted dreams. Their world, in the words of the renowned translator George Szirtes is rough and ready, lost somewhere between the cosmic and tragic, in one small insignificant corner of the cosmos. Theirs is the dance of death. Into this world comes, it seems, a messiah