By Ranko Marinkovic, Ellen Elias-Bursac, Vlada Stojiljkovic
In his semiautobiographical novel, Cyclops, Croatian author Ranko Marinkovic recounts the adventures of younger theater critic Melkior Tresic, an archetypal antihero who makes a decision to starve himself to prevent scuffling with within the entrance strains of worldwide battle II. As he wanders the streets of Zagreb in a near-hallucinatory country of paranoia and malnourishment, Melkior encounters a colourful circus of characters—fortune-tellers, shamans, actors, prostitutes, bohemians, and café intellectuals—all residing in a delicate dream of a society approximately to be replaced forever.
A seminal paintings of postwar jap ecu literature, Cyclops reveals a little-known point of view on global battle II from in the former Yugoslavia, person who hasn't ever sooner than been to be had to an English-speaking viewers. Vlada Stojiljkovic's capable translation, more suitable via Ellen Elias-Bursac's insightful enhancing, preserves the notable brilliance of this riotously humorous and densely allusive textual content. alongside Melkior’s trip Cyclops satirizes either the delusions of the righteous army officers who feed the nationwide bloodlust in addition to the wayward intellectuals who think themselves to be above the disagreeable realities of overseas clash. via Stojiljkovic's clear-eyed translation, Melkior’s peregrinations demonstrate how heritage occurs and the way the person awareness is swept up within the tide of political occasions, and this is often entire in a style that may resonate with readers of Charles Simic, Aleksandr Hemon, and Kundera
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And he cries with fear. He goes to the blind colleague over there on the corner, who consoles him—by mutual agreement, shall we say—with a couple of grams. But then he won’t believe him either, and comes back to me again, the pest. “Your machine’s good, he says, all things considered. On second thought, he says, you can lose weight overnight, through the digestive process and so on. … All the same you should keep an eye on it, you should indeed! As for that man on the corner, his contraption’s no good at all.
Marinković’s CYCLOPS, published in the midst of all this, and Death and the Dervish, by Meša Selimović, which appeared a year later, were groundbreaking novels that brought new intellectual depth to the treatment of controversial issues, such as, in CYCLOPS, the use of irony and satire in the treatment of the recent war, and, in Death and the Dervish the nature of repressive authority. As soon as it appeared, CYCLOPS was showered with accolades, including the NIN award—the most prestigious recognition for literary works in the former Yugoslavia,10 and the same happened with Death and the Dervish the following year.
The man had softened with self-pity, so much so that his eyes went moist. Melkior felt the pointless need to offer consolation which humans resort to when failing to find a better or more sincere feeling. “Who knows? Perhaps it’s only exercises. ” cried the driver with desperation as if Melkior has guessed what he feared most. ” Coming quite close to Melkior, he said in a confidential whisper, “There are Jerry spies and fifth columnists everywhere. They’ve been paddling about in rubber boats since nineteen thirty-seven, photographing the natural wonders.