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Állatvanbent [Reading] ➸ Állatvanbent By László Krasznahorkai – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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 Me 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 texts to 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 prefaced by novelist Colm Tóibín.


10 thoughts on “Állatvanbent

  1. Greg Greg says:

    First this book smells great I don't know if it's the ink used in the beautiful and textured illustrations or one of the three types of paper used but something smells wonderful I don't usually go around sniffing books ok sometimes I sniff the books I'm reading there are some very nice smelling books out there from fancy smells like this book has to comforting dusty and moldering smells in old books but the smells of this book jump right out when you open up the pages In my hopes to be ignored at work and left to do my job with no further expectations because I have no further expectations from the company so I'm looking to set up a relationship based on mutual expectations maybe if I'm offered even the possibility of a cost of living raise in the future I'll reconsider my attitude I only present books to our daily 'show and tell' sessions with inane comments like this book smells good That is how I presented this book after I gave some mumbled praise for the author's two earlier works that have been translated into English Since I'm not paid to read on the job I think observations of the olfactory ualities of books are perfectly acceptableI'm sure you the goodreadscom'ers want something from me than the observation that this book smells good Well guess what? The book reads good too Oh and it's a stunning to look at This is a great example of a reading experience that couldn't be captured on one of those infernal electronic reading devices Everything about the book's physicality is superb The paper The font The illustrations Fuck you e readers I don't want six choices of a font I want someone skilled at coming up with a font that is perfect for a text to come up with one I want someone to make the artistic decision to the size of the text I want well layed out pages not the hodge podge bullshit mess of just words on a screen that I can change at will to fulfill a homogeneity to every book I read Oh and fuck you to anyone who tells me 'get on board' with this stupid trend and even ever getting a raise at work isn't going to change my position on e readers But this review shouldn't be a rant against those awful machines that are only good for reading throw away books this is a review about a really beautiful book that has within it's pages a dark and apocalyptic 'story' Ok not a story of a series of monologues from the darkness that lives inside each and everyone of us The animal side the destructive impulse the part that gets in the way of every humanist ideal and that has made a mockery of every ism that has promised some unredeemable utopian check If I got the introduction right which I skimmed really fast I don't know why I got bored with those two pages but I didn't go back to read it and I've already put the book in 'safe' keeping on a shelf and I'm so lazy to get up and look to make sure I'm correct the first chapter of the book each chapter is only at most a couple of pages was Krasznahorkai writing based on a Max Neumann drawing The picture shows a dog like on the cover of the book trapped in a space The subseuent chapters the author wrote and then they were illustrated by the artist so the end result is a collaboration with each person using the other's work as inspiration The words and art co mingle very nicely together they each add something to the other It's not a case of the book being illustrated to show off narrative points and the illustrations don't feel redundant or unrelated but forced to fit into the 'work' rather both the words and the pictures each help to open each other up they add dimensions to each other they help give each other 'meaning' whatever that 'means' I wanted to find the books first illustration online so I could share a good uality picture of it rather than take a picture of my own of it which wouldn't look very good but I couldn't find it so instead this is from later on the in book which is a picture that Neumann would have done in response to Krasznahorkai's wordsNice isn't it? Now imagine it smelling great and having a great texture You know you want to track down a copy of this beautiful and bleak short piece of literature And you better do so uickly because there are only 2000 of these being printed and well it will be a nice book to own


  2. Chad Post Chad Post says:

    The whole Cahiers Series is brilliant and beautiful see for info but this is something beyond ANIMALINSIDE is really a two author two medium work It's made up of 14 short pieces by Laszlo Krasznahorkai all written in response to paintings by Max Neumann To clarify Krasznahorkai wrote the first piece after the first artwork and his text inspired Neumann's other pieces And the text itself Holy Shit That's really all I can say I really liked Krasznahorkai's THE MELANCHOLY OF RESISTANCE and look forward to reading WAR WAR when there's time and peace but this is something else Reading this is being the presence of a master Of a Beckett or a Kafka or a Joyce or a whomever floats your literary boat What's undeniable is that this is something special that manages to be universal and mysterious pointed and metaphorical all at onceI'm prone to hyperbole as Ed Nawotka likes to remind me when editing my articles so I want to include a snippet although even that's a bit tricky since most of these 14 pieces are each one long meandering subclause upon subclause emotive gathering sentence each Or maybe a couple sentences But whatever Here's a bit that will give you a sense of the rhythm the power of thisShut tight your gates and plug up the cracks put up the beams and bring out the barbed wire and protect yourselves from all sides but know that you lock up in vain you plug in vain you raise beams in vain and wrap wire in vain for that chink that groove that crevice which would be an obstacle for me does not exist; but it is just for that reason that you should barricade your gates and board up your windows brick up your chimneys and protect yourselves because I will break out and I will arrive and of course lock up your children well and of course arm yourselves with many weapons and organize your defense and station the security guards pull up the cordon and put the land mines in place just go ahead and do it just get readyAs so on for another 30 lines or so Each section is hypnotic and taken as a whole it's pretty damn powerful Anyway I'm 100% sure all my most bookish Euro centric friends will LOVE this little thing which is so gorgeous that it's not just a book but a true piece of art And kudos to New Directions for distributing this Stateside Ass and kicking I can't recommend this enough


  3. M. Sarki M. Sarki says:

    know I generally love this guy Krasznahorkai But this book not so hot It was OK but still I was disappointed I'll tell you why There are collaborations and then some Often they work and often they do not I am a large fan of László Krasznahorkai and his work with film maker Béla Tarr I enjoyed his last novel War War This latest book a collaborative effort Animalinside looks interesting enough has a theme I enjoy visiting but I feel the work is just of the same death drive literature that Samuel Beckett Thomas Bernhard and others have already done to perfection A little pretentious actually I almost wish he wouldn't have made it Max Neumann the artist collaborator meant nothing to me before reading this book and he means even less to me since owning some of his work on the pages of the book I just so happened to purchase I know about animals I know where we come from I am not a creationist It is a beastly world we live in and then we die The mystery is in the details of a life not in the ending of it The ending is nothing Nothing is nothing You get my drift?


  4. Justin Evans Justin Evans says:

    Really? Colm Toibin wrote the introduction? Okay then You'll be glad to know that according to the introduction Laszlo writes sentences I think that's the take away No starsMore importantly this is certainly the only book I will ever read that left me wondering whether the speaker was between one and all of THE VOID a kind of evil Krishna a psychotic a teenage boy trapped in the suburbs and really wanting to break free a large dinosaur DEEEEEAAAAATH or my own pet dog when she's hungry What starts off as another reviewer has said as a kind of dullish less entertaining Bernhard tale somehow ends up with the speaker demanding to be fed and suddenly all the early I WILL COME AND THERE WILL BE NOTHING LEFT OF YOUR PUNY EXISTENCE stuff starts to sound like that crying whine that dogs do when they want to remind you they're there and would you please put the book down because feeding time is in only fifteen minutes I mean how will you get ready in time??????? The uestion becomes is this intentional? Laszlo is often described as a kind of nihilist If that's true this book is unintentionally funny If however he has nihilistic leanings and is aware of that fact is willing to make fun of those leanings and maybe suggest that there's to life than those leanings then he and his books immediately become interesting I'm feeling generous so I'll take this line of interpretation two starsAlso it's a lovely little object The art slightly overwhelms the story I thought but the story is plainly minor stuff anyway The production values are astonishing if only New Directions put this much effort into their other books I wouldn't have to pick pages of eg Gottfried Benn up off the floor every time there was a stiff breeze past my bookcases two stars


  5. Nate D Nate D says:

    Vehement canine variations all driven to pure stark absolutes Each entry in this slim volume was inspired by a collage by Max Neumann and is essentially a single winding sentence exploring a single claustrophobic concept of vengeance restraint or destruction Krasnahorkai is better known as a novelist but his precise prose serves well here as a kind of exacting poetry


  6. JK JK says:

    It is books like these that make me wish I had a power over words If I could only convey to you you who are reading this what beauty and terror is contained within these scant pages I would know such joy that I have never known But I can't I can't even convince you that while reading of this beauty and terror you are reading about yourself Yourself and everyone Ah It's a damn shame If there was one book I could convince any of you to read it would be this one If I could sway you the way so many reviews on this site have me I would I would I wish I could


  7. David Auerbach David Auerbach says:

    For my own introduction to Krasznahorkai see The Mythology of Laszlo KrasznahorkaiAnimalinside is a formal experiment for Hungarian author Krasznahorkai Krasznahorkai wrote a text to accompany a drawing by Max Neumann and Neumann drew over a dozen in response and Krasznahorkai wrote a short text for each one There's an obvious unity to it all the pictures all feature the usually black silhouette of some sort of feral animal poised to jump and the texts are all about some sort of beast or beasts usually written in the first person singular or plural The beast is angry but helpless The beast rants about how he is beyond any constraint that can be put on him by thought or concept He is uniue and beyond comparison It is impossible to confuse me with anyone else He is within you caged in one picture but he is struggling to break free And so another of Krasznahorkai's conceptual contradictions emerges the beast that is at once free beyond everything and yet trapped Is the beast railing at the infinite itself the inadeuacy of the concept of the infinite or the representation of the infinite as in this picture? I'm not sure This tension is the same one that occurred in Krasznahorkai's earlier From the North by Hill from the South by Lake from the West by Roads from the East by River which contained a book by a mad Frenchman ranting against Cantor's mathematical conception of infinity Perhaps the idea is that the conception traps us while simultaneously facing us with its inadeuacy and this is unbearable because as with the ideas of mortality and immortality neither side is a conceivable solution Because the text is rarefied and abstract than Kraznahorkai's other work it seems to resemble Beckett at times But Beckett never portrayed such a vicious antagonism His personae always collapse into themselves Even their assertions of antagonism are hopeful but futile gestures against solipsistic nightmares That is not the case in Krasznahorkai I do not think it ever is His characters and voices are always struggling within a larger cosmos of forces and others I'm a great fan of Krasznahorkai's work He may not be a god to me but he's one of the best writers around Animalinside may be pretty elusive to someone starting cold with Krasznahorkai; The Melancholy of Resistance which was the basis of Bela Tarr's amazing film The Werckmeister Harmonies offers a grounded point of entry But the book is gorgeous and short and it makes itself strongly felt even as it remains obliue


  8. Jasmine Jasmine says:

    this is a very well done book It seems like a bit of a language game It's like he's walking around the phrase the animal inside and describing what it looks like from all angles like an artist walking around a chair and redrawing it from various angles It even at times looks almost the same just like from some perspectives a chair will look almost the same even though you're in a completely different place what does it mean is it a metaphor is it literal is it biblical this was a good idea


  9. Dustin Kurtz Dustin Kurtz says:

    One of the most terrifying books I've ever read


  10. Lily S. Lily S. says:

    The hypnotic texts lull the reader into a state regression bringing out the most introceptive part of the self in a feeling of timelessness


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10 thoughts on “Állatvanbent

  1. Greg Greg says:

    First this book smells great I don't know if it's the ink used in the beautiful and textured illustrations or one of the three types of paper used but something smells wonderful I don't usually go around sniffing books ok sometimes I sniff the books I'm reading there are some very nice smelling books out there from fancy smells like this book has to comforting dusty and moldering smells in old books but the smells of this book jump right out when you open up the pages In my hopes to be ignored at work and left to do my job with no further expectations because I have no further expectations from the company so I'm looking to set up a relationship based on mutual expectations maybe if I'm offered even the possibility of a cost of living raise in the future I'll reconsider my attitude I only present books to our daily 'show and tell' sessions with inane comments like this book smells good That is how I presented this book after I gave some mumbled praise for the author's two earlier works that have been translated into English Since I'm not paid to read on the job I think observations of the olfactory ualities of books are perfectly acceptableI'm sure you the goodreadscom'ers want something from me than the observation that this book smells good Well guess what? The book reads good too Oh and it's a stunning to look at This is a great example of a reading experience that couldn't be captured on one of those infernal electronic reading devices Everything about the book's physicality is superb The paper The font The illustrations Fuck you e readers I don't want six choices of a font I want someone skilled at coming up with a font that is perfect for a text to come up with one I want someone to make the artistic decision to the size of the text I want well layed out pages not the hodge podge bullshit mess of just words on a screen that I can change at will to fulfill a homogeneity to every book I read Oh and fuck you to anyone who tells me 'get on board' with this stupid trend and even ever getting a raise at work isn't going to change my position on e readers But this review shouldn't be a rant against those awful machines that are only good for reading throw away books this is a review about a really beautiful book that has within it's pages a dark and apocalyptic 'story' Ok not a story of a series of monologues from the darkness that lives inside each and everyone of us The animal side the destructive impulse the part that gets in the way of every humanist ideal and that has made a mockery of every ism that has promised some unredeemable utopian check If I got the introduction right which I skimmed really fast I don't know why I got bored with those two pages but I didn't go back to read it and I've already put the book in 'safe' keeping on a shelf and I'm so lazy to get up and look to make sure I'm correct the first chapter of the book each chapter is only at most a couple of pages was Krasznahorkai writing based on a Max Neumann drawing The picture shows a dog like on the cover of the book trapped in a space The subseuent chapters the author wrote and then they were illustrated by the artist so the end result is a collaboration with each person using the other's work as inspiration The words and art co mingle very nicely together they each add something to the other It's not a case of the book being illustrated to show off narrative points and the illustrations don't feel redundant or unrelated but forced to fit into the 'work' rather both the words and the pictures each help to open each other up they add dimensions to each other they help give each other 'meaning' whatever that 'means' I wanted to find the books first illustration online so I could share a good uality picture of it rather than take a picture of my own of it which wouldn't look very good but I couldn't find it so instead this is from later on the in book which is a picture that Neumann would have done in response to Krasznahorkai's wordsNice isn't it? Now imagine it smelling great and having a great texture You know you want to track down a copy of this beautiful and bleak short piece of literature And you better do so uickly because there are only 2000 of these being printed and well it will be a nice book to own

  2. Chad Post Chad Post says:

    The whole Cahiers Series is brilliant and beautiful see for info but this is something beyond ANIMALINSIDE is really a two author two medium work It's made up of 14 short pieces by Laszlo Krasznahorkai all written in response to paintings by Max Neumann To clarify Krasznahorkai wrote the first piece after the first artwork and his text inspired Neumann's other pieces And the text itself Holy Shit That's really all I can say I really liked Krasznahorkai's THE MELANCHOLY OF RESISTANCE and look forward to reading WAR WAR when there's time and peace but this is something else Reading this is being the presence of a master Of a Beckett or a Kafka or a Joyce or a whomever floats your literary boat What's undeniable is that this is something special that manages to be universal and mysterious pointed and metaphorical all at onceI'm prone to hyperbole as Ed Nawotka likes to remind me when editing my articles so I want to include a snippet although even that's a bit tricky since most of these 14 pieces are each one long meandering subclause upon subclause emotive gathering sentence each Or maybe a couple sentences But whatever Here's a bit that will give you a sense of the rhythm the power of thisShut tight your gates and plug up the cracks put up the beams and bring out the barbed wire and protect yourselves from all sides but know that you lock up in vain you plug in vain you raise beams in vain and wrap wire in vain for that chink that groove that crevice which would be an obstacle for me does not exist; but it is just for that reason that you should barricade your gates and board up your windows brick up your chimneys and protect yourselves because I will break out and I will arrive and of course lock up your children well and of course arm yourselves with many weapons and organize your defense and station the security guards pull up the cordon and put the land mines in place just go ahead and do it just get readyAs so on for another 30 lines or so Each section is hypnotic and taken as a whole it's pretty damn powerful Anyway I'm 100% sure all my most bookish Euro centric friends will LOVE this little thing which is so gorgeous that it's not just a book but a true piece of art And kudos to New Directions for distributing this Stateside Ass and kicking I can't recommend this enough

  3. M. Sarki M. Sarki says:

    know I generally love this guy Krasznahorkai But this book not so hot It was OK but still I was disappointed I'll tell you why There are collaborations and then some Often they work and often they do not I am a large fan of László Krasznahorkai and his work with film maker Béla Tarr I enjoyed his last novel War War This latest book a collaborative effort Animalinside looks interesting enough has a theme I enjoy visiting but I feel the work is just of the same death drive literature that Samuel Beckett Thomas Bernhard and others have already done to perfection A little pretentious actually I almost wish he wouldn't have made it Max Neumann the artist collaborator meant nothing to me before reading this book and he means even less to me since owning some of his work on the pages of the book I just so happened to purchase I know about animals I know where we come from I am not a creationist It is a beastly world we live in and then we die The mystery is in the details of a life not in the ending of it The ending is nothing Nothing is nothing You get my drift?

  4. Justin Evans Justin Evans says:

    Really? Colm Toibin wrote the introduction? Okay then You'll be glad to know that according to the introduction Laszlo writes sentences I think that's the take away No starsMore importantly this is certainly the only book I will ever read that left me wondering whether the speaker was between one and all of THE VOID a kind of evil Krishna a psychotic a teenage boy trapped in the suburbs and really wanting to break free a large dinosaur DEEEEEAAAAATH or my own pet dog when she's hungry What starts off as another reviewer has said as a kind of dullish less entertaining Bernhard tale somehow ends up with the speaker demanding to be fed and suddenly all the early I WILL COME AND THERE WILL BE NOTHING LEFT OF YOUR PUNY EXISTENCE stuff starts to sound like that crying whine that dogs do when they want to remind you they're there and would you please put the book down because feeding time is in only fifteen minutes I mean how will you get ready in time??????? The uestion becomes is this intentional? Laszlo is often described as a kind of nihilist If that's true this book is unintentionally funny If however he has nihilistic leanings and is aware of that fact is willing to make fun of those leanings and maybe suggest that there's to life than those leanings then he and his books immediately become interesting I'm feeling generous so I'll take this line of interpretation two starsAlso it's a lovely little object The art slightly overwhelms the story I thought but the story is plainly minor stuff anyway The production values are astonishing if only New Directions put this much effort into their other books I wouldn't have to pick pages of eg Gottfried Benn up off the floor every time there was a stiff breeze past my bookcases two stars

  5. Nate D Nate D says:

    Vehement canine variations all driven to pure stark absolutes Each entry in this slim volume was inspired by a collage by Max Neumann and is essentially a single winding sentence exploring a single claustrophobic concept of vengeance restraint or destruction Krasnahorkai is better known as a novelist but his precise prose serves well here as a kind of exacting poetry

  6. JK JK says:

    It is books like these that make me wish I had a power over words If I could only convey to you you who are reading this what beauty and terror is contained within these scant pages I would know such joy that I have never known But I can't I can't even convince you that while reading of this beauty and terror you are reading about yourself Yourself and everyone Ah It's a damn shame If there was one book I could convince any of you to read it would be this one If I could sway you the way so many reviews on this site have me I would I would I wish I could

  7. David Auerbach David Auerbach says:

    For my own introduction to Krasznahorkai see The Mythology of Laszlo KrasznahorkaiAnimalinside is a formal experiment for Hungarian author Krasznahorkai Krasznahorkai wrote a text to accompany a drawing by Max Neumann and Neumann drew over a dozen in response and Krasznahorkai wrote a short text for each one There's an obvious unity to it all the pictures all feature the usually black silhouette of some sort of feral animal poised to jump and the texts are all about some sort of beast or beasts usually written in the first person singular or plural The beast is angry but helpless The beast rants about how he is beyond any constraint that can be put on him by thought or concept He is uniue and beyond comparison It is impossible to confuse me with anyone else He is within you caged in one picture but he is struggling to break free And so another of Krasznahorkai's conceptual contradictions emerges the beast that is at once free beyond everything and yet trapped Is the beast railing at the infinite itself the inadeuacy of the concept of the infinite or the representation of the infinite as in this picture? I'm not sure This tension is the same one that occurred in Krasznahorkai's earlier From the North by Hill from the South by Lake from the West by Roads from the East by River which contained a book by a mad Frenchman ranting against Cantor's mathematical conception of infinity Perhaps the idea is that the conception traps us while simultaneously facing us with its inadeuacy and this is unbearable because as with the ideas of mortality and immortality neither side is a conceivable solution Because the text is rarefied and abstract than Kraznahorkai's other work it seems to resemble Beckett at times But Beckett never portrayed such a vicious antagonism His personae always collapse into themselves Even their assertions of antagonism are hopeful but futile gestures against solipsistic nightmares That is not the case in Krasznahorkai I do not think it ever is His characters and voices are always struggling within a larger cosmos of forces and others I'm a great fan of Krasznahorkai's work He may not be a god to me but he's one of the best writers around Animalinside may be pretty elusive to someone starting cold with Krasznahorkai; The Melancholy of Resistance which was the basis of Bela Tarr's amazing film The Werckmeister Harmonies offers a grounded point of entry But the book is gorgeous and short and it makes itself strongly felt even as it remains obliue

  8. Jasmine Jasmine says:

    this is a very well done book It seems like a bit of a language game It's like he's walking around the phrase the animal inside and describing what it looks like from all angles like an artist walking around a chair and redrawing it from various angles It even at times looks almost the same just like from some perspectives a chair will look almost the same even though you're in a completely different place what does it mean is it a metaphor is it literal is it biblical this was a good idea

  9. Dustin Kurtz Dustin Kurtz says:

    One of the most terrifying books I've ever read

  10. Lily S. Lily S. says:

    The hypnotic texts lull the reader into a state regression bringing out the most introceptive part of the self in a feeling of timelessness

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