Satantango by Laszlo Krasznahorkai has received numerous great reviews and write ups but for me this was a very depressing and claustrophobic read. Longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2013 but it was the cover that caught my attention as I browsed in a book shop and I am a sucker for a great cover. In the darkening embers of a communist Utopia, life in a desolate Hungarian village has come to a virtual standstill when the charismatic Irimias long thought to dead returns home.
When I started this novel it felt like someone had torn out the first 50 pages of the book and I had to figure out who the characters were and what exactly was going and to be honest the further along I read the more frustrated I became and at the half way mark I decided I couldn't take any more of this depressing and bleak novel no mather how much of a masterpiece it is considered in Hungary.
Another major issue I had with this book was there was no paragraph breaks which makes it very difficult reading and along with poor characterization and no sense of time or place this one was a non runner for me and sadly goes on my very small DNF list.