Satantango

Satantango

Book - 2012
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"Set in an isolated hamlet, Satantango 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. At the center of Satantango is the eponymous drunken dance."--P. [i].
Publisher: New York : New Directions Pub. Corp., 2012
ISBN: 9780811217347
0811217345
Branch Call Number: FICTION KRASZNA LASZLO
Characteristics: 274 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Szirtes, George 1948-

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DWIGHT A GREEN
Mar 11, 2016

"Satantango" is anything but straightforward. And yet it is. Plopped down in the middle of the action and given no context the reader immerses himself in order to figure out the who, what, when, where, and how of the story. The prose provides a rhythmic pattern, hypnotic in its cadence and intricacy. The story follows the rhythm of its prose, giving a feeling of advancement while moving in a circle.

While the novel explores the nature of storytelling, both in the story itself and how it is told, there are other recurring themes and motifs. The constant rain adds to the atmosphere of gloom and decay, nature joining all the other adversaries aligned against the villagers. Their hopes and trust, both continually misplaced, survive despite their dreams being dashed time after time. They blindly and erroneously assign meaning and significance to events. Worst of all, innocence and purity provides no protection in such a gloomy and doom-laden world.

A quote from the author that seems fitting for this novel: “You will never go wrong anticipating doom in my books, anymore than you’ll go wrong in anticipating doom in ordinary life.”

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santiano9
Dec 15, 2015

Despite having heard great things about this author and trying to keep an open mind about his sentence style, I could not get absorbed into the story. Confusing, dreary and, with no paragraphs, no time to take a breath to figure things out!

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mclarjh
Aug 13, 2015

The author won the 2015 Man Booker International Prize; and the book won the Best Translated Book Award in the USA in 2013.

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