The novel War & War centres on a Hungarian archivist, Korin, who stumbles upon an unknown manuscript. Korin decides that this manuscript, which supposedly explains the truth about humanity, or something similar, must be exposed to the world, and he travels to New York,which he believes to be the centre of the earth, in order to carry out this task. Once this has been completed, the novel simply follows Korin, who believes his purpose in life has been achieved, to the site of his suicide in Switzerland.The plot, as you can probably guess, isn't terribly engaging, and it's also overshadowed by the fact that Krasznahorkai uses the protagonist as a medium through which to express an abundance of fairly tedious philosophical ideas. The novel, at times, reads like one long exposition of the postmodern condition - for example, the novel's protagonist takes up entire pages with his inane babbling about de-centring, the emptiness of language, etc. The style of the novel also makes reading it something of a chore; Krasznahorkai doesn't do punctuation in this novel.By this, I mean that you can go up to four pages in War & War without a full stop. This postmodern approach to punctuation loses its appeal after about a page, as it makes the plot so bloody difficult to follow.
In short, I think Krasznahorkai is a talented writer but War & War is an unrewarding and, at times, very irritating read. I had quite high expectations for the novel because his only other work translated into English, The Melancholy of Resistance, was strongly recommended to me some time ago.