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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 Ne moš' 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 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 I simply could not get into this book

  • 565 pages
  • Kiklop
  • Ranko Marinković
  • Croatian
  • 04 June 2016

About the Author: Ranko Marinković

Ranko Marinković 22 February 1913 – 28 January 2001 was a Croatian novelist and dramatistBorn 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 storiesHis career was interrupt


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