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"Marinkovic splices scenes of dream and reality into a kaleidoscopic short history of the world, whose pessimism is tempered by dark humor."—The New Yorker
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"One of the most outstanding Croatian novels of the postwar period."—Valentina Zanca, Words Without Borders
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"Among the most highly regarded novels of postwar Croatian literature. . . .The style is the point [of the novel], especially as it conveys the psychological intensity, the nihilism, of that place and time."—M. Kasper, CHOICE
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“This novel will be enthusiastically received by readers who can follow Marinković’s wide range of cultural, historical and literary references, and it will be recognized as one of the great twentieth-century European novels. Vlada Stojiljković’s translation, improved by Ellen Elias-Bursac’s editing, strikes me as excellent.”—Dr. Zoran Milutinović, University College London (Zoran Milutinovic 2010-07-15)

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Ranko Marinkovic (1913–2001) was a Croatian writer of plays and novels. Vlada Stojiljkovic wrote eleven books for children and adults, several of which he illustrated; translated Orwell, Swift, Golding, and Lear; and was an illustrator and painter. Ellen Elias-Bursac has been translating Croatian, Serbian, and Bosnian authors into English for more than twenty years.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Margellos World Republic of Letters
  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition (1 in number line) edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300152418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300152418
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Davorin Jelacic on December 4, 2010
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It's a shame that work of this magnitude hasn't been translated into English before, although it was written 50 years ago. In Croatian high schools it has been an obligatory reading for decades. Many critics think that Cyclops is the greatest Croatian novel ever written and that this Marinkovic's novel is rivaled only by Miroslav Krleza's Philip Latinowicz or On the Edge of Reason. If you love high literature, you'll be delighted with rich tapestry of characters living in Zagreb on the eve of World War II and obsessed by the chaotic events that shaped world history.
Even if you rarely take books of high literature to read, you might find this one not only "deep" and complex, but also very amusing.
This is a masterpiece, on par with great novels of 20th century such as The Sound and the Fury or The Tin Drum.
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