Herscht 07769 (Paperback)

Herscht 07769 By László Krasznahorkai, Ottilie Mulzet (Translated by) Cover Image
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The National Book Award winner’s breathtaking new novel about neo-Nazis, particle physics, and Johann Sebastian Bach

The gentle giant Florian Herscht has a problem: having faithfully attended Herr Köhler’s adult education classes in physics, he is convinced that disaster is imminent. And so, he embarks upon a one-sided correspondence with Chancellor Angela Merkel, to convince her of the danger of the complete destruction of all physical matter. Otherwise, he works for the Boss (the head of a local neo-Nazi gang), who has taken him under his wing and gotten him work as a graffiti cleaner and also a one-room apartment in the small eastern German town of Kana. The Boss is enraged by a graffiti artist who, with wolf emblems, is defacing all the various monuments to Johann Sebastian Bach in Thuringia. A Bach fanatic and director of an amateur orchestra, he is determined to catch the culprit with the help of his gang, and Florian has no choice but to join the chase. The situation becomes even more frightening, and havoc ensues, when real wolves are sighted in the area…

Written in one cascading sentence with the power of atomic particles colliding, Krasznahorkai’s novel is a tour de force, a morality play, a blistering satire, a devastating encapsulation of our helplessness when confronted with the moral and environmental dilemmas we face.

About the Author

The winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Translated Literature and the 2015 Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement, László Krasznahorkai was born in Gyula, Hungary.

Ottilie Mulzet is a literary critic and translator of Hungarian. Mulzet received the National Book Award for Translated Literature in 2019 for her translation of László Krasznahorkai's Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming and the Best Translated Book Award in 2014 for her translation of Krasznahorkai’s Seiobo There Below.


Praise For…

The universality of Krasznahorkai’s vision rivals that of Gogol’s Dead Souls and far surpasses allthe lesser concerns of contemporary writing.

— W. G. Sebald

The contemporary Hungarian master of the apocalypse.
— Susan Sontag

Krasznahorkai has come up with his own forms. There is nothing else like it in contemporary literature.
— Adam Thirwell - The New York Review of Books
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811231534
ISBN-10: 0811231534
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2024
Pages: 512
Language: English
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