Animalinside (Cahiers)

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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.

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About the Author:

László Krasznahorkai is a celebrated Hungarian novelist and winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. His works include Satantango and Seibo There Below.


“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.”

(James Wood New Yorker)

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.”

(Jennifer Szalai London Review of Books)

“Excellent.” (Scott Esposito Washington Post)

"There's delight in response, a collaboration of painting and fiction in Neumann and Krasznahorkai's Animalinside. Book design becomes performance as character gains dimension through reinterpretation, passed back and forth from Neumann's paintings to Krasznahorkai's stories, requiring translation into and out of text and image in a continuous extension of drama." (Sarah Gerard BOMB Magazine)

“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.” (Typographical Era)

“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.” (Biblioasis International Translation blog)

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