The Melancholy of Resistance, László Krasznahorkai's magisterial, surreal novel, depicts a chain of mysterious events in a small Hungarian town.
A circus, promising to display the stuffed body of the largest whale in the world, arrives in the dead of winter, prompting bizarre rumours. Word spreads that the circus folk have a sinister purpose in mind, and the frightened citizens cling to any
manifestation of order they can find - music, cosmology, fascism.
The novel's characters are unforgettable: the evil Mrs. Eszter, plotting her takeover of the town