Literary Studies

Series Information
The Margellos World Republic of Letters


  • Ranko Marinkovic; Translated by Vlada Stojiljkovic; Edited by Ellen Elias-Bursac


"Marinkovic splices scenes of dream and reality into a kaleidoscopic short history of the world, whose pessimism is tempered by dark humor."—The New Yorker

"One of the most outstanding Croatian novels of the postwar period."—Valentina Zanca, Words Without Borders

"Among the most highly regarded novels of postwar Croatian literature. . . .The style is the point [of the novel], especially as it conveys the psychological intensity, the nihilism, of that place and time."—M. Kasper, CHOICE

“This novel will be enthusiastically received by readers who can follow Marinković’s wide range of cultural, historical and literary references, and it will be recognized as one of the great twentieth-century European novels. Vlada Stojiljković’s translation, improved by Ellen Elias-Bursac’s editing, strikes me as excellent.”—Dr. Zoran Milutinović, University College London

Cyclops deserves an audience beyond Croatia’s borders. It is a tragicomic investigation into the role of the intellectual in the face of imminent disaster, into the labile border between humanity and animality.”—Michael Heim, Professor, Slavic Languages and Literature, University of California at Los Angeles