Destruction and Sorrow beneath the Heavens

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László Krasznahorkai

Destruction and Sorrow beneath the Heavens

László Krasznahorkai

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Ottilie Mulzet
320 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Paper $24.50 ISBN: 9780857425331 Will Publish February 2018 World sales rights except India
Known for his brilliantly dark fictional visions, László Krasznahorkai is one of the most respected European writers of his generation and the winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. Here, he brings us on a journey through China at the dawn of the new millennium. On the precipice of its emergence as a global power, China is experiencing cataclysms of modernity as its harsh Maoist strictures meet the chaotic flux of globalism. What remains of the Middle Kingdom’s ancient cultural riches? And can a Westerner truly understand China’s past and present—or the murky waters where the two meet?

Destruction and Sorrow beneath the Heavens is both a travel memoir and the chronicle of a distinct intellectual shift as one of the most captivating contemporary writers and thinkers begins to engage with the cultures of Asia and the legacies of its interactions with Europe in a newly globalized society. Rendered in English by award-winning translator Ottilie Mulzet, Destruction and Sorrow beneath the Heavens is an important work, marking the emergence of Krasznahorkai as a truly global novelist.
Review Quotes
Publishers Weekly
“A quest to discover the remaining artifacts and present-day incarnations of classical Chinese culture takes Man Booker International-winner Krasznahorkai on an illuminating, melancholy journey through contemporary China in this . . . dazzling travel memoir.”
New Republic
Destruction and Sorrow Beneath the Heavens is a travelogue in the broadest sense of the term, and like all great travelogues it links a change in scenery to a change in emotional state. . . . Krasznahorkai has transformed and transcended; he has changed from an angry prophet to a wide-eyed archivist and a hopeful seeker.”
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