Seiobo There Below

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The latest novel from "the contemporary Hungarian master of the apocalypse" (Susan Sontag).

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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.

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Author László Krasznahorkai / Ottilie Mulzet (translator)
Publisher New Directions
Page Count 440pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8.5
Publication Notes softcover, with flaps
Publication Date September 24, 2013
ISBN 978-0811219679

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