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Dead Europe Kindle Edition
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At the same time another story is told about the past events in his mother's home town.
The book attempts to deal with themes such as belonging, beliefs and anti-Semitism but it gets a little bit lost when Isaac has an episode on a train where he drinks a woman's menstrual blood; and then becomes almost vampire like.
This vampire twist doesn't feel consistent with the rest of the novel and it takes away from the main themes the author had constructed. It is a bizarre book; and whilst parts of it were enjoyable; such as the trip to his mother's town and its past; the story as a whole didn't flow.
Sheer Hell in another sense too, this book, hell to read, quite the most repulsive and vile content I think I have ever experienced. One scene of spectacular ghastliness was nominated for a Guardian Bad Sex award - I could think of any of a dozen others which could also have qualified.
Why on earth did I spend good money buying this book? That's another gripe. The sleeve notes give no real indication of the true content, instead quoting words of praise from the likes of Colm Toibin. You will find moderately positive reviews, although a trifle uncomfortable, from the quality newspapers. So maybe I have missed the point.
Why on earth did I waste time finishing this book? Sheer horrified fascination, perhaps, a forlorn wish that there might be some hope, something positive in the end. No matter, I have read it - you don't have to.
The worst outcome when one is 30 or so pages into a novel is to decide that one doesn't care what happens and in Dead Europe I did not, to any of the characters in the book. In fact nothing really does happen in Dead Europe. There is no plot to speak of. The main protagonist goes from place to place in Greece recounting along the way how hopeless it all is. And I am afraid I agreed with him. I started skipping pages, then chuncks of pages, then gave up.
The Europe Tsiolkas talks about is like the Berlin of Christopher Isherwood, or the Paris of Henry Miller: a fantasy created and seen and lived through the attentive eyes of the stranger: a nightmare which becomes real, like blood and flesh and all the things sedimented through time and upon which we, headless living ghosts with no memory or soul, infinitely meander.
The rest is just narrative, "special effects" to keep the reader going and the page turning. But the heart of the book is like the heart of Europe: dead, and yet so fatal.
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Quite probably the least likeable novel I have ever read, unpleasant from first to last on every level.Published 2 months ago by Wrian
No stars for dumb smut - 'hate' doesn't cut it (required for the star to that lets us post): 'despise' would be nearer the mark. What a waste of time and trees.Published 14 months ago by Anthony Long
Although I couldn't put this book down...I have read 2 others of his I found it disturbing...The explicit sex descriptions don,t do it for me... Read morePublished on 7 April 2014 by Mary
Christos Tsiolkas is a gifted and competent writer and this is a novel that stands on its own as a crafted piece of work. Sadly, the story rarely rises above the life as a sewer. Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 2013 by "Belgo Geordie"
The back cover draws you in - don't be fooled. It does start well on the narrator's odyssey to Greece and the older story is mostly coherent. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2013 by Jon Swan
I read this book's reviews in a magazine and thought I would give it a try. Well, this book is brilliant, with all the supernatural literature floating around at the moment you can... Read morePublished on 29 Dec. 2012 by Michael
The back story about the past was quite interesting until it took an unlikely turn into vampirism, but what really put me off were the frequent sordid sex scenes. Read morePublished on 23 Dec. 2012 by Carolyn Devine