The Galley Slave

The Galley Slave

Book - 2011
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"The Galley Slave" is a tour de force of historical fiction centered on the misadventures of an Everyman of indeterminate origins named Johan Ot, who is part picaresque anti-hero, part Josef K.

Publisher: Champaign [Ill.] : Dalkey Archive Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781564786906
Branch Call Number: FICTION Jancar 2011
Characteristics: 367 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Biggins, Michael


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Jun 28, 2015

"There was a great deal of evil. Darkness and flames and blood everywhere, with people always concealing evil intentions."
I'll start with everything I know about Slovenian literature. Um, well. . .yeah. Then I think I can say this is the best Slovenian novel I've ever read! I'll take the guy on the back of the book's word for it the Drago Jancar (awesome name( is "Slovenia's most accomplished prose writer." This is part of a series that translates Slovenian books into English, and, although written in the 70s, the translation is from 2011. Jancar's remarkable novel draws from picaresque novels, Brueghel paintings, and medieval plays to paint a frequently horrifying and phantasmagoric landscape that the hapless everyman character Johan Ot has to navigate. Although it was written well before the Balkan War of the 90s, it's hard not to read this violent,dark, and paranoid story in light of those awful events. A major discovery.

Jun 06, 2015

I learned the word Picaresque from Decembrists and Neal Stephenson


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