AnimalInside (Paperback)

By László Krasznahorkai, Max Neumann (Illustrator), Colm Tóibín (Preface by), Ottilie Mulzet (Translated by)

New Directions, 9780811219167, 48pp.

Publication Date: June 16, 2011

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From the winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize

Limited to 2,000 gorgeous copies, this richly illustrated, extraordinary novella was created in collaboration with the famed painter Max Neumann.

As if some chained being had to shake its essence free, as if art taken to its limit were a form of howling, Animalinside explodes from its first line: “He wants to break free, attempts to stretch open the walls, but he has been tautened by them, and there he remains in this tautening, in this constraint, and there is nothing to do but howl. . . .”

To create this work that strains against all constraints, László Krasznahorkai began from one of Max Neumann’s paintings; Neumann, spurred into action, created 14 more images, which unleashed an additional 13 texts from the author. Animalinside is the rare case of two matchless artists meeting across disciplines, and New Directions is very proud to publish a limited edition of this powerful novella, exquisitely produced by Sylph Editions and the Cahiers Series of the American University of Paris with a deluxe seven-stage printing process for the amazing Neumann images.

About the Author

The winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Translated Literature and the 2015 Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement, László Krasznahorkai was born in Gyula, Hungary.

The highly acclaimed German painter Max Neumann (born in 1949 in Saarbruck) lives in Berlin and exhibits his work around the world.

Colm To´ibi´n is currently the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman professor of the humanities at Columbia University and succeeded Martin Amis as professor of creative writing at the University of Manchester.

Ottilie Mulzet is a literary critic and translator of Hungarian. Mulzet received the National Book Award for Translated Literature in 2019 for her translation of László Krasznahorkai's Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming and the Best Translated Book Award in 2014 for her translation of Krasznahorkai’s Seiobo There Below.

Praise For AnimalInside

Little more than 40 pages long, László Krasznahorkai’s pamphlet-like, multi-media collaboration with the painter Max Neumann is one of the most beautifully produced works of literature this year.
— Scott Esposito

Intense and uncompromising.

The contemporary Hungarian master of the Apocalypse who inspires comparison to Gogol and Melville.