The Melancholy of Resistance

The Melancholy of Resistance (Hungarian: Az ellenállás melankóliája) is a 1989 novel by the Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai. The narrative is set in a restless town where a mysterious circus, which exhibits a whale and nothing else, contributes to an apocalyptic atmosphere. Krasznahorkai adapted the novel into a screenplay for the 2000 film Werckmeister Harmonies, directed by Béla Tarr.[1]

The Melancholy of Resistance
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First edition cover (Hungary)
AuthorLászló Krasznahorkai
Original titleAz ellenállás melankóliája
TranslatorGeorge Szirtes
Publication date
Published in English


James Wood of The New Yorker wrote in 2011: "The Melancholy of Resistance is a comedy of apocalypse, a book about a God that not only failed but didn't even turn up for the exam. Less manic, less entrapped than War and War, it has elements of a traditional social novel." Wood continued: "The Melancholy of Resistance is a demanding book, and a pessimistic one, too, since it seems to take repeated ironic shots at the possibility of revolution. ... The pleasure of the book, and a kind of resistance, as well, flows from its extraordinary, stretched, self-recoiling sentences, which are marvels of a loosely punctuated stream of consciousness."[2]

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  1. ^ Elley, Derek (2000-06-04). "Werckmeister Harmonies". Variety. Retrieved 2012-03-20.
  2. ^ Wood, James (2011-07-04). "The fiction of László Krasznahorkai". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2012-03-20.