László Krasznahorkai

László Krasznahorkai (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈlaːsloː krɒsnɒhorkɒ.i]; born in Gyula, Hungary on 5 January 1954) is a Hungarian writer. He completed his university studies in Hungary, and has supported himself as an independent author since then. When in 1985 his first major publication Satantango achieved success, Krasznahorkai was immediately thrust into the forefront of Hungarian literary life. He travelled outside of Communist Hungary for the first time in 1987, spending a year in West Berlin as a recipient of a DAAD fellowship. Since the collapse of the Soviet bloc, he has lived in a variety of locations. He returns often to both Germany and Hungary, but he has also spent and spends varying lengths of time in France, Spain, the USA, England, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, China and Japan. In 1993, his novel The Melancholy of Resistance received the German “Bestenliste-Prize” for the best literary work of the year. From the United States to Japan, critics have acknowledged the importance of his writing. According to Susan Sontag, he is “the contemporary Hungarian master of apocalypse who inspires comparison with Gogol and Melville”. W. G.


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