Some writers are called wordsmiths, but Laszlo Krasznahorkai is a sentence-smith. The first of the three stories that comprise this collection is "The Last Wolf," a novella told in a single looping, challenging, compulsively readable sentence. It follows the travels of a depressed philosophy professor who is mistakenly tapped to write a piece about the Extremadura region of Spain, a barren desert on the border of Portugal. The professor traces the fate of the last living wolf in the region-- but no one can agree on which wolf was the last. The story touches on themes of the human relationships with nature, identity, and knowledge. Worth your time, and you'll be able to say you read it before he wins the Nobel prize.