Books of the year 2010 | Adam Thirlwell

Animalslide by László Krasznahorkai

It's almost not a book at all - it's only a pamphlet - but I don't care about these questions of length, and so the book I've found strangest and coolest this year is Animalinside (Sylph Editions, £10), a collection of texts or stories by the Hungarian novelist László Krasznahorkai, translated by Ottilie Mulzet and with images by Max Neumann. In his preface, Colm Tóibín says that Krasznahorkai "is concerned with limits, with what can happen if language is pushed further than its own decorous rules might suggest", and well, dear reader, he's right. In Animalinside, Krasznahorkai invents a way of miming the way a dog might talk, or not so much a dog, no, some total force of foreignness, a black and comical disaster.


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This article first appeared in the 22 November 2010 issue of the New Statesman, Advantage Cameron