The last wolf and Herman

I was a bit intrigued when I read the below review by Noah Dow. So, I’m giving a try to this author…cheers.

László Krasznahorkai’s book The Last Wolf & Herman can be read in two directions; as long as the spine is on the left, you can jump in on either side. Krasznahorkai revels in this kind of entropy. One half of the book, “Herman,” is the story of a game warden tasked with organizing a forest for public use. He senses “an invincible, stifling power already busily attacking his manicured paths and trails from all sides,” but the thought soothes him—in fact, he attacks anyone who would impose order on the forest, setting hunting traps outside of homes and waylaying the effete urbanites. But after he undergoes a beatific realization—“he saw a sign of grace in his sudden ability to behold everything with new eyes … everything that surrounds him carries exactly the same weight”—he goes to turn himself in and is promptly shot dead by the police. The two other stories in the book, “The Death of a Craft” and “The Last Wolf,” are similar: nature pushes itself on the human order, people vacillate in their sense of purpose. Krasznahorkai achieves a dramatic scale—but he also makes time for the particular and delicate subjectivities of his characters.
Review by Noah Dow – the Paris Review


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