László Krasznahorkai
The Bill

For Palma Vecchio, at Venice

In The Bill, László Krasznahorkai’s madly lucid voice pours forth in a single, vertiginous, 14-page sentence addressing Palma Vecchio, a 16th-century Venetian painter. Peering out from the pages are Vecchio’s voluptuous, bare-breasted blondes, a succession of models transformed on the canvas into portraits of apprehensive sexuality. Alongside these women, the writer that Susan Sontag called ‘the Hungarian master of apocalypse’ interrogates Vecchio’s gift: Why does he do it? How does he do it? And why are these models so afraid of him even though he, unlike most of his contemporaries, never touches them? The text engages with the art, asking questions only the paintings can answer.

In 2012, Sylph Editions published László Krasznahorkai's Animalinside in Cahier 14.

The Art Monographs

The Art Monographs, a series from Sylph Editions, juxtaposes works of art with literary writing. Informative, evocative, and associative, these lavishly produced books are a compelling portrayal of what happens when word and image coalesce.

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  • 32 pages,

  • 12 colour images

  • 215 x 153mm

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  • £ 10