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The Melancholy of Resistance

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'The Melancholy of Resistance' is a 1989 novel by the Hungarian writer Lszl Krasznahorkai. The narrative is set in a restless town where a mysterious circus, which exhibits a whale and nothing else, contributes to an apocalyptic atmosphere. Krasznahorkai adapted the novel into a screenplay for the 2000 film 'Werckmeister Harmonies', directed by Bla Tarr.


James Wood of 'The New Yorker' wrote in 2011: "'The Melancholy of Resistance' is a comedy of apocalypse, a book about a God that not only failed but didn't even turn up for the exam. Less manic, less entrapped than 'War and War', it has elements of a traditional social novel." Wood continued: "'The Melancholy of Resistance' is a demanding book, and a pessimistic one, too, since it seems to take repeated ironic shots at the possibility of revolution. ... The pleasure of the book, and a kind of resistance, as well, flows from its extraordinary, stretched, self-recoiling sentences, which are marvels of a loosely punctuated stream of consciousness."

See also

* 1989 in literature

* Hungarian literature


Category:1989 novels

Category:Hungarian novels

Category:Hungarian novels adapted into films

Category:Works by Lszl Krasznahorkai

Category:Magvet books

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