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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 May 14th 2014 by Not Avail (first published 1965)
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Dec 09, 2013 Jonfaith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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

Najbolji hrvatski roman svih vremena, my ass.
Teške droge, eto što je.

Dobro, pretjerujem, nije tako loše - očito, s obzirom na 4 zvjezdice - ali svejedno je bilo naporno za čitanje te sam u nekoliko navrata razmatrala mogućnosti samoubojstva. :)
May 18, 2012 Eyelash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Monica Carter
Apr 07, 2011 Monica Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dec 07, 2011 Ivana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
lyell bark
Aug 17, 2011 lyell bark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Maja Shinigami
Oct 03, 2015 Maja Shinigami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prose, classics, fucked-up
Ne moš'.
Kristina Saric
Mar 08, 2013 Kristina Saric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is possibly the most extraordinary work of literature ever written.
Oct 19, 2012 Anica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 10, 2015 Tijana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeste ovo vrhunska književnost, ali nekako mi nije leglo. Jeste sjajan prikaz predosećanja svetskog rata i psihičkog raspada i jeste da obiluje čovekomrzačkim cinizmom, stilski do krajnosti uglačanim... e, biće da je u tom cinizmu i večitom poricanju stvar, slabo ih varim u ovim godinama. Plus sveprisutno gnušanje prema telesnom.
Ali ako izuzmemo to lično predubeđenje, da, knjiga je odlična, za svaku preporuku: to jest ako, recimo, volite Bernharda i Krležu, ovo je tako negde na sredokraći.
Apr 10, 2016 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 more than one can say about Krleža's novels, for example.
Jan 03, 2016 Iva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poprilično sam sigurna da ću za nekoliko godina (možda desetljeća), kada ponovno pročitam ovu knjigu, dati joj 5/5 zvjezdica. Do onda...
Jan 02, 2016 Monika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely going to reread this in the future
Mateja Kelemenić
"Živjeti - to je izazov."
Feb 10, 2016 Nella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one, save urself
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Jul 23, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since Ulysses every country has its comparative modern epic - its tale of Lonerhero wandering the streets of CountryCapital/CulturalCapital musing galactic penned with sylisticlinguistic mindfuckery. Kiklop (Cyclops) is Croatia's. I'm a dirty sucker for this kind of thing.

Marinkovic's Melkior - more Dedalus than Bloom - traipses around wartime (WW2) Zagreb hanging with the art crowd, falls in and out of lust with a manipulative hussy, does very little actual work, maintains a destructive relatio
Nick Borkowski
Feb 01, 2015 Nick Borkowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Book : An Online Review at The New Republic
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...
Sep 17, 2012 majstoricamagije rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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 ...
Josip Kovačić
Mar 10, 2015 Josip Kovačić rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Sve ima svog đavla. Na nama i u nama. Patrona pokreta i funkcija. Đavo mi sada pokreće noge i vodi me... kamo? To je on već predvidio.”
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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.

His career was interrupt
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