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by Franz Kafka
"It was like a moment out of Indiana Jones – prying the lid off the sarcophagus, blowing off the dust," Charles Ardai says. "It was breathtaking. I was thrilled. To find new words from an author you thought would never speak again – it was magical."
When I first began to watch The Killing two months ago, I told a friend who’d been watching since day one. His reaction was vehement. “Goddamn FUCK THE KILLING. I keep watching it and it keeps NOT GOING ANYWHERE. And yet I cannot stop watching.”
Krasznahorkai is obsessed as much with the extremes of language as he is with the extremes of thought, with the very limits of people and systems in a world gone mad.
Certainly Wallace had set himself a problem masochistic or quixotic in its difficulty: how to write an interesting novel about that byword for tedium, the IRS? And how to write a religious novel about the most disenchanted and secular of professions, namely accounting?