The Galley Slave

Drago Jančar Michael Biggins

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The Galley Slave

The Galley Slave Driven by a restlessness that he can barely comprehend Ot consorts with merchants peasants pilgrims pagans heretics thieves and prostitutes while continually trying to evade the forces of the

  • Title: The Galley Slave
  • Author: Drago Jančar Michael Biggins
  • ISBN: 9781564786906
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Driven by a restlessness that he can barely comprehend, Ot consorts with merchants, peasants, pilgrims, pagans, heretics, thieves, and prostitutes, while continually trying to evade the forces of the Inquisition Everywhere he encounters superstition, the Church, political power, and the mob inextricably linked and wreaking pious, desperate violence on anyone who stands ouDriven by a restlessness that he can barely comprehend, Ot consorts with merchants, peasants, pilgrims, pagans, heretics, thieves, and prostitutes, while continually trying to evade the forces of the Inquisition Everywhere he encounters superstition, the Church, political power, and the mob inextricably linked and wreaking pious, desperate violence on anyone who stands out.The Galley Slave paints a vivid, Bruegelesque panorama of a brutal and plague threatened late medieval Europe, seen through the eyes of a rebel in spite of himself as he flees across the length and breadth of the Slovenian lands, from Austrian controlled Styria to the Venetian dominated Adriatic coast, in an endless quest to survive.

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    1. Mirrani on said:

      I simply can't say enough how easily I found myself falling deeply under the spell of Jancar (and I would assume some of Biggins as well, being the translator) as I turned the pages of this book. Simply telling other readers that I couldn't put the book down is not description enough for how I felt as I read the Galley Slave. Every word seemed to help you hang on until the one that followed it. The main character, in fact, doesn't become a galley slave until well through the book, however, the w [...]

    2. Nick on said:

      The Slovenian government made an arrangement with Dalkey Archive to publish translations of its literature. One can only hope that other entries in the series are less dark. Johann Ot, the protagonist, forced from his home and his native land under circumstances that are horrific in his memory if not clearly explained for the reader, travels across a pre-modern Europe as fake merchant, fugitive, and as the galley slave of the title, haunted by his memories when not actively pursued by rotten jud [...]

    3. Elif Sena Ergin on said:

      "'Şu an her şey son bulsaydı, başımdan geçenler fazlasıyla yeterdi' dedi Johan Ot. 'Ama son bulmayacak' diye sürdürdü." (s. 128/384). Tüm kitabın özeti bu cümle olabilir. Johan Ot'un yaşadığı dönemde tam bir kaos havası hakim. Romanın da anlatımı yer yer kopuk, olaylar ardısıra cereyan ediyor. Ama 17. yüzyıl Avrupası'nın atmosferi daha iyi anlatılabilir miydi bilmiyorum. Bir yandan cadı avları, bir yandan savaşlar, bir yandan veba. İç karartıcı, karanlık ve [...]

    4. Larry Ggggggggggggggggggggggggg on said:

      Good book with lots of puking, dampness, flies, rats

    5. David Alex on said:

      The Galley Slave depicts a rural 17th century Europe where everyone is equally helpless in the face of epidemics and superstition reigns for the majority of the population. Does hanging a legless rat in your doorway ward off the Devil? Does rubbing yourself down with pulped garlic prevent deadly buboes? Are clouds of chattering flying vermin and sea monster attacks as tangible threats as bandits and the inquisition? All this is filtered through a narrator who maintains a facade of sly irony in t [...]

    6. Caleb Wilson on said:

      History as a closed loop of mud, mold, plague, paranoia, xenophobia, and extreme personal misfortune. However, not without fleeting humor and specks of brightness and hope! Though perhaps the chummy, concerned narrator, who is prone to ironic understatement about torture and madness, makes it even more horrific.

    7. Lukas Evan on said:

      I can unequivocally say that this is the best Slovenian novel I've ever read.

    8. Thunder_road on said:

      Obdobje zgodovine, ki ponuja toliko možnosti za literarno ustvarjanje. Dobra osnova, a žal, po mojem mnenju, neposrečena izvedba.

    9. Niko on said:

      Great book, intimate tale of one individual in 1600's middle/southern/ Mediterrenian Europe. Highly reccommended!

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