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Ranko Marinković
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In his semiautobiographical novel, Cyclops, Croatian writer Ranko Marinković recounts the adventures of young theater critic Melkior Tresić, an archetypal antihero who decides to starve himself to avoid fighting in the front lines of World War II. As he wanders the streets of Zagreb in a near-hallucinatory state of paranoia and malnourishment, Melkior encounters a colorful

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Published November 16th 2010 (first published 1965)
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Jonfaith
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 Hegel.

Ranko 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...more
Monica Carter
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 squelching 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
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lyell bark
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.
Ivana
Ne znam kada sam se zadnji put toliko namučila da pročitam neku knjigu...umjetnička vrijednost Kiklopa je nepobitna, ali nije mi bio lagan za pročitati. Marinković ostvaruje svoje talente u ovom romanu, obogaćuje riječi značenjem, stvara svijet obojen ironijom, cinizmom, promišljanjem koje je beskompromisno, naglo, uporno...Tragikomedija prerasta često i u nešto sasvim mračno, poraz ljudskog duha i roda. Glavni lik pokušava naći neki smisao i ne uspijeva ili uspijeva tragično. Djelo je ovo koje...more
Mark Van Aken Williams
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.
nathan
Delicious, addictive, smooth, buoyant, sea-sick & land-sick, enthralling; and I was all like:



Hungry for more.
Kristina Saric
This is possibly the most extraordinary work of literature ever written.
Ivo
Možda i najbolji hrvatski roman.
Adam
May 28, 2011 Adam marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
pretty pumped about this.
Anica
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. Honestly,I 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-pol...more
Lucija Williams
Brilliantly written, one of my all time favorite books and my favorite Croatian novel.
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THIS CLASSIC OF MODERN European literature, which appeared in Croatia in 1965, has just been published in English for the first time. The novel opens with the narrator describing a familiar scene as a math equation. Standing in a public building, Melkior observes two neon signs, one for “Ladies” and one for “Gents”, glowing above intersecting staircases.Read more...
Mirko
Excellent book set in the beginning of World War 2. One of the good Croatian novels.
Ivana
To be honest, I do not like this book, I was reading it with pressure.
Yes, it is very valuable, I get all the ideas and I agree with most, but ...
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Basically him whining about not getting girls and talking to people who keep fucking with him
Matea
Loved it. So intense.
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Ranko Marinković (22 February 1913 – 28 January 2001) was a Croatian novelist and dramatist.

Born in Komiža on the island of Vis (then a part of Austria-Hungary), Marinković's childhood was marked by World War I. He later earned a degree in philosophy from the University of Zagreb. In the 1930s, he began to make his name in Zagreb literary circles with his plays and stories.

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