Seiobo There Below

Author(s): Laszlo Krasznahorkai

Fiction - Contemporary

Finalist for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize Beauty, in Laszlo Krasznahorkai's new novel, reflects, however fleeting, the sacred - even if we are mostly unable to bear it. In Seiobo There Below we see the Japanese goddess Seiobo returning to mortal realms in search of perfection. An ancient Buddha being restored; the Italian renaissance painter Perugino managing his workshop; a Japanese Noh actor rehearsing; a fanatic of Baroque music lecturing to a handful of old villagers; tourists intruding into the rituals of Japan's most sacred shrine; a heron as it gracefully hunts its prey. Told in chapters that sweep us across the world and through time, covering the furthest reaches of human experience, Krasznahorkai demands that we pause and ask ourselves these questions: What is sacred? How do we define beauty? What makes great art endure? Melancholic and mesmerisingly beautiful, this latest novel by the author of Satantango shows us how to glimpse the divine through extraordinary art and human endeavour. Winner of Best Translated Book of the Year Award 2014 Translated by Ottilie Mulzet


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A timeless masterpiece from one of the world's most distinguished writers

Man Booker International Prize 2015

The universality of Krasznahorkai's vision rivals that of Gogol's Dead Souls and far surpasses all the lesser concerns of contemporary writing. -- W.G. Sebald The contemporary Hungarian master of apocalypse who inspires comparison with Gogol and Melville. -- Susan Sontag Krasznahorkai is a visionary writer. -- Theo Tait Guardian Krasznahorkai is the kind of writer who at least once on every page finds a way of expressing something one has always sensed but never known, let alone been able to describe. -- Nicole Krauss

Laszlo Krasznahorkai was born in Gyula, Hungary, in 1954. He has written five novels and won numerous prizes, including the 2013 Best Translated Book Award in Fiction for Satantango. In 1993, he won the Best Book of the Year Award in Germany for The Melancholy of Resistance and in 2015 was listed as a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize. For more about Krasznahorkai, visit his extensive website:

General Fields

  • : 9781781255100
  • : Atlantic Books
  • : Tuskar Rock
  • : March 2015
  • : 222mm X 144mm X 40mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Laszlo Krasznahorkai
  • : Hardback
  • : 894.51134
  • : 464