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The Galley Slave (Slovenian Literature)

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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 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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"Jancar's 1978 novel (part of Dalkey Archive's Slovenian Literature series) is a vivid, dense, atmospheric tale set in the brutal medieval age of the Inquisition. A hapless stranger in a nameless land flees before the 'plague commissars,' who put up roadblocks and interrogate travelers, compel him to take refuge in a town where it seems that his every move is being watched. The land is overrun by forces of suspicion and terror, and the stranger, Johan Ot, is likely hiding some darkness from his own past, revealed in nocturnal ravings that alert the neighbors to a guilty conscience — or an inner demon. 'Darkness and flames and blood everywhere, with people always concealing evil intentions,' Jancar narrates in the foreboding voice of the omniscient moral police. The net of the Inquisition tightens: Ot is captured, interrogated, and brutally tortured until he confesses to having 'some sort of devil... in me.' Excommunicated from the Church, he vanishes, or is perhaps spirited away by an underground apostate brotherhood, resurfacing amid renegades plotting to bring down the 'snot-nosed little emperor,' Leopold. Yet the doomed Ot is again captured and sentenced to become a galley slave 'for the rest of his natural life.' Jancar depicts the insidious gloom of this society with the intimacy of someone acutely aware of how the repressive tentacles of an authoritarian regime can rob individuals of their destiny." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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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.

About the Author

Michael Biggins is a Slavic and East European studies librarian at the University of Washington Libraries in Seattle. His translations include the memoir Necropolis by Boris Pahor, the novels Northern Lights and Mocking Desire by Drago Jancar, and numerous shorter pieces from Slovenian and Russian.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781564786906
Author:
Jancar, Drago
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Author:
Biggins, Michael
Author:
Jan Ar, Drago
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
Slovenian Literature Series
Publication Date:
20111231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
376
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in

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Product details 376 pages Dalkey Archive Press - English 9781564786906 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Jancar's 1978 novel (part of Dalkey Archive's Slovenian Literature series) is a vivid, dense, atmospheric tale set in the brutal medieval age of the Inquisition. A hapless stranger in a nameless land flees before the 'plague commissars,' who put up roadblocks and interrogate travelers, compel him to take refuge in a town where it seems that his every move is being watched. The land is overrun by forces of suspicion and terror, and the stranger, Johan Ot, is likely hiding some darkness from his own past, revealed in nocturnal ravings that alert the neighbors to a guilty conscience — or an inner demon. 'Darkness and flames and blood everywhere, with people always concealing evil intentions,' Jancar narrates in the foreboding voice of the omniscient moral police. The net of the Inquisition tightens: Ot is captured, interrogated, and brutally tortured until he confesses to having 'some sort of devil... in me.' Excommunicated from the Church, he vanishes, or is perhaps spirited away by an underground apostate brotherhood, resurfacing amid renegades plotting to bring down the 'snot-nosed little emperor,' Leopold. Yet the doomed Ot is again captured and sentenced to become a galley slave 'for the rest of his natural life.' Jancar depicts the insidious gloom of this society with the intimacy of someone acutely aware of how the repressive tentacles of an authoritarian regime can rob individuals of their destiny." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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