Engaging Tragi-Comic Dostoyevskian Romp,
This review is from: Christ Recrucified (Paperback)
In "Christ Recrucified", set in 1920's Greece, a group of refugees (who have been expelled from their homes by the Turks) arrive in the relatively prosperous village of Lycovrissi, seeking sanctuary. The Lycovrissian elders, concerned merely with self-preservation and not wanting to offer any assistance, politely suggest they should move on. Despite this, some of the local peasants, who have recently been cast in key roles in the upcoming village passion play, are, in opposition to their betters, inspired to help their displaced compatriots.
Thus begins the story of a microcosmic society sundered by injustice, and by the venality, delusion and casuistic corruption of its supposed leaders. The gist of this novel might easily be construed as analogous of societies generally, including present-day societies, and it is therefore undoubtedly still relevant today.
"Christ Recrucified" is also a hugely enjoyable reading experience. The characters, although in a sense largely one-dimensional ciphers, are amusing, vivid and delightfully absurd. The plot - intricate in its way, though morally simplistic - is a deft tribute to the author's cunning. The writing, no doubt buoyed by nimble translation, is a treat - terse, humorous and (as the title of this review suggests) reminiscent of the great Russians.
I would recommend this book highly, and regard it as a niche masterpiece.