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Kiklop Roman čija se radnja zbiva u zagrebačkoj sredini uoči Drugog svjetskog rata i na njegovu početku a u središtu autorova interesa su krugovi intelektualaca poluintelektualaca i umjetnika izbezumljenost i izgubljenost čitave jedne generacije Glavni lik Melkior novinski je kritičar koji proživljava mučne dane očekujući poziv u vojsku i trapeći se pritom teškim postom ne bi li tako postigavši iscrpljenost i asteniju izbjegao regrutaciju Kreće se središtem Zagreba posjećujući svoju redakciju određene kavane i ljubavnicu Enku te boraveći u podstanarskoj sobici Sa svojim uglavnom novinarskim društvom on provodi noći u pijanim i ciničkim raspravama Zaljubljen je u izvjesnu Vivijanu koja ima mnoge ljubavnike ali njega zaobilazi Duh mu je zaokupljen pitanjima o krivnji budućnosti i ljudožderstvu Ubrzo nakon što je ipak regrutiran dospijeva u bolnicu a potom u ludnicu ali uskoro biva pušten i iz vojske i iz ludnice Nakon izlaska ophrva ga još veća praznina i strah a njegova duševna i duhovna dezintegriranost kulminira kad rat već bjesni a njegov prijatelj Maestro počini samoubojstvo


10 thoughts on “Kiklop

  1. says:

    The historical tomorrow and when men discovered the divine power of matter it came to reign over them confusing their minds blighting their lives and then swallowing itself and turning into a Force which destroyed all laws and there is now not a single consciousness left that could proclaim it stupid in the name of HegelRanko Marinkovic's Cyclops is likely my favorite novel of the year It is a Ulysses of Zagreb in 1940 with the howl of War in the air A theatre critic fears for the future and pines for a certain beauty he ignores her particulars and ascribes her a mythic persona The critic worries about conscription and notes how his weight plummets His paranoid caprice continues apace on a story about castaways imprisoned by cannibalsThe Joycean delight takes a number of dark turns The narrative rests in purgatory a Catch 22 for the Damned It returns to Zagreb as the Wehrmacht are poised to invade Yugoslavia What unfolds is a bizarre variation on the Ithaca episode The novel would've benefited from footnotes especially towards the Serbo Croat literary references Despite my minor ualm Cyclops is a staggering work


  2. says:

    i had a lot to say about this book when i finished it 3 weeks ago but then i didn't log onto this site and forgot what i was going to type because i'm fat stupid and short of breath sort of reminded my of celine i guess but also other stuff anyway if you're interested in european modernism then czech this out haha he's really a croat tho


  3. says:

    I simply could not get into this book


  4. says:

    When I was in 1st grade of high school the older ones were saying to me that this book is so tough to read and I always thought Oh my what's waiting for me?# Then came my turn to read this book HonestlyI totally enjoyed since the first page I used to read so many books about the life during the WW2 in some big cities like Paris London etc but finally I found the first book which place and rime of action were situated in my hometown I was able to feel all that melancholy and ZOO polis term and idea on very very familiar places An author brought all that prewar atmosphere and states of mind of very interesting characters so realistic that I found myself in one awkward moment of weird nostalgia Which I never felt again in some other book with similar theme I definitely recommend this book to anyone It's not easy to read like reading the book during Sun bathing on the beach takes a lots of time to thinking but if I have to summarize this in 1 word masterpiece


  5. says:

    Reflected in the pale glass window among the shoes on display was Melkior's thin unprepossessing silhouette a poorly built city dweller The slanting image reflected in the shop window triggered a crafty sneer inside Melkior and the word mobilization suddenly found itself in autumn mud churned by a suelching olive drab monotony of dejected strangers on some endless trek; there was the bluster of angry sergeants the tired voice of sodden boots and the mysterious word aide de camp Here was born a fear of the new events around him the driver bound for Apatin to drive a tankacross our mountainous countryOh for a mountain and a forest in which to go uiet and still like an insect curled deep inside the bark of an indestructible tree I'm not hereand to live to liveHow to conceal ones existence steal from the world one's traitorous body take it off to some endless isolation conceal it in a cocoon of fear insinuate oneself into a temporary death?This is the test of our fair narrator can Melkior starve himself to avoid being called to military duty in World War II? Filled with literary allusions galore from Dante to Joyce Shakespeare to Dosteyvesky Cyclops is a vertiginous journey into the mind of a tortured man whose mind is unraveling from lack of food and sleep Published in 1965 and set in the forties of the Former Yugoslavia Cyclops is Marinkovic's version of literary realism so acute and ego maniacal there is no escaping for the reader The reader can only revel in his death defying acts of prose no small thanks to Vlada Stojiljkovic's amazing translation This is a classic taught in Croatian schools and with good reason Marinkovic addresses the threat of human loss and sacrifice in the name of nationalism but also our own detachment from the cost of war when we are not directly involvedMelkior wanders the streets of Zagreb lost in his own surreal musings dipped in paranoia His own interactions with his gaggle of boho friends and his starving dream states flow into one another until it becomes difficult to know what reality is As he makes himself the star of the Odyssey and his friends replace Homer's other characters in his hallucinations the danger of Polyphemus The Cyclops looms and threatens to devour them all The parallels between society's own contradictions about war and Melkior's friends drinking themselves into a stuporliterally and figuratively on their own intellectual antics shows itself throughout the fast paced narrative Above all Melkior a part time theater critic and his motley group of friends are poetic cynics who see no hope in anything but their own wittiness and pleasure seeking pastimes as they sit around downing booze at their local bar the Give 'n Take Although this is not an easy book it's wildly entertaining full of original characterizations and hilarious biting prose Long live the idiot That is the safest kind of mimicry life can offer a being of its creation From his vantage point the idiot watches history run its course without the danger of getting caught up in the action just as we cry as we watch a film playing in the cinema We mourn fictitious travails while it's only an idiot who laughs at genuine deaths He jeers at life from his safe vantage point taking his revenge for being rejected smug at being spared Life has chosen Intelligence for its games it does not use idiots to make history It has chosen geniuses for grand words on the cross at the guillotine at the gallows facing the barrels of guns in front of nations cheering the Brutuses and Caesars alike An idiot ceded the cup of poison to Socrates An idiot ceded to Danton the glory of being decapitated by history And then made it up to him by producing a marble bust of his head and raising it on a suare as an example for future generations Whereas the idiot wears his head with a strange grimace of disgust as if he had long understood everything sneered derisively and stopped time in the rigid folds of his mindless face Love live the idiot There are so many literary allusions that you may wonder if you can possibly have read all the works he throws into his narrative stew Yet there is a conscious effort to avoid the reader getting close enough to experience Melkior's fear instead choosing the have the reader bear witness to his descent into paranoia and isolation It's an epic that hangs its hat on pessimism social commentary and the personal societal and philosophical wreckage of war I couldn't help but think of Celine's work while I read this in particular Journey to the End of the Night and Normance both filled with the same disdain and realism of war Cyclops doesn't give us the bravery and courage of the stereotyped patriot but the very human fear of a man lost in his own life and fearful of a fate he knows he can't avoid


  6. says:

    This is supposed to be one of the most important Croatian modernist novels and I can see why It is so multi layered and interwined that it is really a polyphonous cacophony of voices Characters are very outable and psychology behind them is explored to the deapths All characters are somewhat grotesue and degenerated in one way or the other At some point you begin to uestion the sanity of the main character but you are not really sure is he insane or are everyone around him insane so he just looks insane Therefore you start uestioning everything he says Forther dialogues feel so real and yet they are so grotesue Everyone who thinks this is just an anti war novel needs to think again This book is essentially anti people anti society in general Society is presented as a degenerated carnival madhouse and that reading experience is sometimes hillarious and sometimes frightening


  7. says:

    Second time I read Kiklop An absolutely amazing book Takes a lot of Shakespeare knowledge to fully appreciate it though But it is nevertheless a charming and not too aggressively erudite read which is than one can say about Krleža's novels for example


  8. says:

    Cyclops was originally published in Croatia It takes place in Zagreb and could easily be compared to Ulysses the Odyssey and even Hamlet Marinković captures the essence of the crowds the shysters and seedy neighborhoods He dissects Zagreb on the eve of war with the same precision as Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 It is anti war in sentiment— and was a prelude to similar books like Slaughter House Five written in the 1960s with WWII as the setting


  9. says:

    This is possibly the most extraordinary work of literature ever written


  10. says:

    Ne moš'


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