Author(s): Laszlo Krasznahorkai
Seiobo -- a Japanese goddess -- has a peach tree in her garden that blossoms once every three thousand years: its fruit brings immortality. In Seiobo There Below, we see her returning again and again to mortal realms, searching for a glimpse of perfection. Beauty, in Krasznahorkai's new novel, reflects, however fleetingly, the sacred -- even if we are mostly unable to bear it. Seiobo shows us an ancient Buddha being restored; Perugino managing his workshop; a Japanese Noh actor rehearsing; a fanatic of Baroque music lecturing a handful of old villagers; tourists intruding into the rituals of Japan's most sacred shrine; a heron hunting.... Over these scenes and more -- structured by the Fibonacci sequence -- Seiobo hovers, watching it all.
Laszlo Krasznahorkai was born in Gyula, Hungary in 1954. He has won numerous international literary awards and his works have been translated into many languages. Ottilie Mulzet is a literary critic and translator of Hungarian. New Directions published her translation of Krasznahorkai's Animalinside.