Magazine March 5, 2018, Issue

The Struggle for Meaning

The World Goes On, by Laszlo Krasznahorkai (New Directions, 288 pp., $24.95)

The title of Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s latest book to be translated into English doesn’t give much guidance as to what’s within. “The World Goes On” could be the declaration of an optimist or a pessimist, after all. It might serve as a comforting reminder of the resilience of the human being — and the entire human race — in the face of heartbreak and horror. Or it could be a commentary on the ultimate ephemerality of not just any but every human life. Indeed, it might be another way of expressing that old Persian proverb, a warning against both despair and

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