1980s

The Melancholy of Resistance Review

The Melancholy of Resistance Review

A simplistic analysis of this book, as I see many reviews state, is viewing it as an apocalyptic event occurring in a small Hungarian town, affecting the lives of some and benefitting the lives of the more powerful. Yet, something seems wrong with that analysis. If the major event of this novel was an apocalypse, …

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You Bright and Risen Angels Review

You Bright and Risen Angels Review

After three weeks and over 600 pages of this novel, it is sad to say that my parting thoughts were, “it’s finally over” (thought with an immense sigh of relief and a sarcastically tearful reflection that I could have read five other books I truly loved in that time). You Bright and Risen Angels is …

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Less Than Zero Book Review

Less Than Zero Book Review and Analysis

Wealth, excess, a lack of purpose, and constant stimulation. Bret Easton Ellis tackles what toll these things may take on youth in the 80s. Less Than Zero is his first novel, and in it we follow characters who meander around Los Angeles, drinking, getting high, having sex, and spending money as if cost poses no …

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The Seventh Continent Analysis

The Seventh Continent Analysis

The Seventh Continent is acclaimed Austrian director Michael Haneke’s first film. It shows three years in the life of a family comprised of a mother, father, and daughter. The film follows them through their mundane daily happenings: going to school and work, writing letters, eating dinner, shopping, driving. They are viewed through long often dialogue-free …

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Satantango

Satantango, the Novel Explained

Introduction Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s novel Satantango concerns itself with the destitute lives of the residents living in a decrepit, rain-drenched Hungarian estate. He writes the novel using winding, multi-part, sometimes page-long sentences that almost act as a dialogue when no one is speaking. Instead, the sentences speak to themselves, discussing the themes, correcting the earlier moments, …

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