The Bill - For Palma Vecchio, at Venice
List price £11.50
- 15 Nov 2013
- Sylph Editions
- 32 pages - 237 x 165 x 5mm
In The Bill, Laszlo Krasznahorkai's madly lucid voice pours forth in a single, vertiginous, eleven-page sentence addressing Palma Vecchio, a sixteenth-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.
Deals with Palma Vecchio, a sixteenth-century Venetian painter. This title features his voluptuous, bare-breasted blondes, a succession of models transformed on the canvas into portraits of apprehensive sexuality.
Laszlo Krasznahorkai is a Hungarian writer living in Berlin. Three of his works have been made into award-winning films by the renowned filmmaker Bela Tarr: Werckmeister Harmonies, Satantango, and The Horse from Turin. He has written seven novels and numerous other works, including Animalinside, also available from Sylph Editions. George Szirtes is an award-winning poet and one of the world's best-known translators of Hungarian.