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Dead Europe by [Tsiolkas, Christos]
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About the Author

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of four novels: Loaded (filmed as Head-On) The Jesus Man, The Slap and Dead Europe. He is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer. He lives in Melbourne.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 968 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (1 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TSW1K6
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #308,934 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dead Europe begins innocently enough; with a Greek-Australian photographer; Isaac being invited to Greece to open an exhibition of his photographs. In his trip around Europe he returns to mother's home town in Greece; before embarking on a trip through Europe's seedier side in Prague, Amsterdam and Paris. In the cities he encounters pornography, prostitution and drug taking.

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.
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Sheer Hell. Europe, that is; Athens, Venice, Prague, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Cambridge, London - all of Europe, (Australia a bit hellish too); in fact, anywhere that human beings live, if they can be counted as human beings at all, especially if they are Jews, or Hebrews, as they are normally referred to in this novel. Europe, a stinking cesspool of the accumulated miasma of centuries - dead Europe, populated with ghouls, ghosts and vampires, all Jewish, all horrible. And as for the gentiles, not a lot better, murderous, perverted and superstitious.

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.
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What a shame, the book started so well, an Australian-Greek's return to Greece was engaging, a dialogue of the old and new worlds, past and present. But once the novel moved beyond Greece to Prague, Venice, London etc it became clear that this novel was a simple Aussie put down of a Europe portrayed as washed out and morally corrupt compared to the 'innocence' of Australia - this was a bore, as was the silly vampire twist the novel suddenly took, as if Tsoilkas had run out of steam and was piling on the sex and horror to keep the novel from sinking below the waves. It all became so dreadful (the sex scene on the train with the menstruating girl has been rightly nominated for worst sex scene of 2011) I merely skim read the last chapters so I could get the book back on the shelf and out of my hands. Tsoilkas should keep the first 170 page and store the rest in a drawer marked 'Juvenilia.'
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My reason for chosing this book was because The Slap I thought was brilliant. This book cannot be compared to it.

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.
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In a recent interview, Christos Tsiolkas said that, of all his works, "Dead Europe" was the most challenging. He needed almost seven years to conceive in details and then complete this dark tale of the horrific wonders of a stranger wanderer in Europe, but the result does not disappoint: Dead Europe is a masterpiece, and it is one of the very few novels which attempts to uncover the true horrors of Europe -- which are not the vestiges of its past, but the effects of such a past in its present, the fact that its present is itself a vestige full of dust and revenge.
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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I'm an avid reader of both fiction and non fiction but it's a long time since I have read such a pointless and tedious book. The story is about a Greek/Australian photographer who returns to visit and experience a number of European cities. The text is rambling and at times unnecessarily crude, and the author seems to give the impression of being bored.For readers who suffer from insomnia this could be a remedy but for most it should be avoided
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