László Krasznahorkai and Max Neumann


László Krasznahorkai and Max Neumann

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40 pages | 14 color plates | 5 9/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2012
Paper $19.00 ISBN: 9780956509215 Published October 2012 World sales rights except India
This cahier is the result of a collaboration undertaken specially for The Cahiers Series, between Hungarian novelist László Krasznahorkai and German painter Max Neumann. Krasznahorkai, author of The Melancholy of Resistance and War & War, responds with 14 texts to 14 depictions of a strange and ill-formed creature made by the renowned German painter Max Neumann. The texts speak from within the head of Neumann’s creature that seems to be menacing existence itself. The cahier is introduced with a preface by Irish novelist Colm Tóibín.
Colm Tóibín

Translated from the Hungarian by Ottilie Mulzet

Review Quotes
James Wood | New Yorker

“Krasznahorkai’s most recent work in English is not a novel but a collaboration between the writer and the German artist Max Neumann. Animalinside is a series of fourteen exquisite and enigmatic paintings, with paragraph-length texts by Krasznahorkai . . . . The pleasure of the book flows from its extraordinary, stretched, self-recoiling sentences, which are marvels of a loosely punctuated stream of consciousness.”


Jennifer Szalai | London Review of Books

Animalinside is a series of short texts that alternate with paintings by Max Neumann. . . . The resulting chapbook is a rolling, menacing howl that sounds like the supplication of a pet at one moment and erupts into the fury of a savage beast the next.”

Scott Esposito | Washington Post
Typographical Era
“German painter Max Neumann offers up fourteen strange renditions of animal-like creatures, and Krasznahorkai responds with fourteen short pieces that speak directly from the mind of each.”
Biblioasis International Translation blog
“Beautifully published. . . . In this haunting work, Krasznahorkai responds to fourteen different artworks depicting a deformed, tortured creature with texts that seem to inhabit the consciousness of Neumann’s monstrous creature from within and without.”
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