László Krasznahorkai | Ornan Rotem
The Manhattan Project

Following Animalinside and The Bill, we are pleased to introduce our third collaboration to date with the Internationally celebrated Hungarian László Krasznahorkai.

In this literary diary, Krasznahorkai chronicles his attempts to fathom the life of Herman Melville, which is also the source of inspiration for his forthcoming novella Spadework for a Palace. Retracing Melville’s steps, Krasznahorkai becomes engrossed in a web of chance encounters and coincidences that stretch from Manhattan to Nantucket, to London and to Berlin. Over the course of his wanderings, Krasznahorkai finds himself increasingly alienated from his present-day surroundings, drawn instead to the company of ghosts: the novelist Malcolm Lowry when he was down-and-out, the visionary architect Lebbeus Woods and of course – Melville himself.

Ornan Rotem’s photographic essay follows Krasznahorkai on his forays, both in space and time, creating a subtle portrait of a creative mind at work and the places he encounters.

In the Press / Reviews

The Guardian László Krasznahorkai on the trail of Herman Melville – in pictures (22 March 2017)

BOMB Magazine no. 139, Spring 2017

TANK Magazine (Volume 8, Issue 12 | The Book Issue, Summer 2017)

‘Three by Krasznahorkai’ by Paul Kerschen , The Quarterly Conversation, issue 49 (18 September, 2017)

The Manhattan Project by László Krasznahorkai and Ornan Rotem’ in Tony’s Reading List (December 2017)

Lorenzo Alluni, ‘Krasznahorkai, Malcolm Lowry e altre rovine’ (in Italian) in il Tascabile, Febauary 2018.

  • 92 pages

  • 48 tritone images

  • 200 x 280mm (8 x 11in)

  • ISBN 


  • Publication date: 

    March 2017

  • The Hungarian edition of this book is availabe from Magveto.

  • Free UK shipping

    £ 32
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