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By Ranko Marinkovic

In his semiautobiographical novel, "Cyclops", Croatian author Ranko Marinkovic recounts the adventures of younger theatre critic Melkior Tresic, an archetypal antihero who comes to a decision to starve himself to prevent struggling with within the entrance traces of worldwide battle II. As he wanders the streets of Zagreb in a near-hallucinatory nation of paranoia and malnourishment, Melkior encounters a colorful circus of characters - fortune-tellers, shamans, actors, prostitutes, bohemians, and cafe intellectuals - all residing in a delicate dream of a society approximately to be replaced without end. A seminal paintings of postwar japanese ecu literature, "Cyclops" unearths a little-known point of view on international battle II from in the former Yugoslavia, one who hasn't ever ahead of been to be had to an English-speaking viewers. Vlada Stojiljkovic's capable translation, superior through Ellen Elias-Bursac's insightful enhancing, preserves the outstanding 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 show how background occurs and the way the person cognizance is swept up within the tide of political occasions, and this can be entire in a method that would resonate with readers of Charles Simic, Aleksandr Hemon, and Kundera.

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Right, thanks a million and a half. Such a velocipederastic gesture shall never be forgotten. ’’ exclaimed Ugo. Taking three steps backward he made a flourish with his hat, bowing to the cyclist in a ceremonial manner. He then shot Melkior a quick glance and burst out laughing. ‘‘Hah, good-looking people, pay attention, he’s angry. No, both 27 smokes are for me actually, and the third . . if I may, bicycletissime’’ —and he slipped one more cigarette from the posterer’s case—‘‘the third I will give him tonight at the Give’nTake.

It seemed to Melkior that he was witnessing a crafty rite designed to test the grace of God, if not His actual existence. With intellectual 19 embarrassment, as if he were extending his palm to be read by a palm-reading neighbor, he stepped onto the platform with an anxious heart. Apatin is a town on the Danube, he thought, or the brand name of an anti-apathy drug. . ’’ he asked the invalid, faking a casual tone. ’’ he cried in alarm. ‘‘Oh yes it can,’’ replied the invalid with self-confidence.

The man’s impotent. ’’ Within Melkior there shone up a feeling brimming with embarrassment and hope. But it’s all Maestro’s hair-brained malarkey . . and everything went dark again. ‘‘I used to have artistic ambitions myself in my younger days,’’ stated Maestro all of a sudden. ’’ ‘‘Literary. Poetic. ’ We were all of us phallic instrumentalists, the crazed brethren of Eros. And Zeus was a wonderful god. There was never a poem without something ‘gasping’ in it, the better-class girls were nymphs and our ladies of the night, hetaerae.

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