21 Νοεμβρίου 2014

Stratis Tsirkas, "The Club, Drifting Cities" (A Trilogy) / Our reading (1st year)

 The Club
by Stratis Tsirkas (Author)
Kay Cicellis (Translator)
KEDROS, 1995
                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                              6 & 19-10-2011
                                                                                                                Book 1st
                                                                       A suggestion of Dina Papadopoulou

Drifting Cities



Extracts of book reviews
translated by
Cristiana Vellou

Christina Vellou
It's amazing how he managed to link three unrelated things in this book; carnal love, platonic love and ideological love, with a mastery that makes it smooth while, yet, maintains the distinct dimension of each one.

Ifigenia Theodoridou
In the CLUB, S.Tsirkas transforms his personal experiences into refined literature; he speaks of his own truth in artistic terms.

Christina Kelesidou
I think that Tsirkas positions his heroes within this war scenery quite skillfully, and like all great writers, he manages to be timeless in regards to the human characters, as well as the historical events.

Eleni Papastergiadou
When youre chasing after your beliefs and ideologies, you feel like your head gets detached from your body. So you start looking for another...body! But what happens when several headless bodies find you instead? Can you be compatible with more than one at the same time? No. You just merely exist and lead them all. You lead the way; you are the headlight, the wheel, and the voice for all these bodies. I don't know if this role is given to you at birth or if you take it after you start digging.  

Maria Dontsi
The end left me speechless!! But as Terry Eagleton says, something must be missing in order for a story to be unfold... So I am eager to unravel the knot of ARIAGNI. Really looking forward to it.
   
Maria Triantafyllidou
He also ponders and comments Staying alone, I rediscovered the man [...] The shades escape [...] And the detached heads, the gkiossa [], but elsewhere, with a brief, idiomatic and somewhat loose-lipped way he says a lot about everyone and he concludes by spurring a strong interest for the rest of the story.

Katerina Markopoulou
In my opinion, the climax of the book is degraded by the reveal of the clubs existence. Everything that takes place, apart from Benys first visit where his audacity seems baffling, could have happened without the explanation. In a way, it reduces the autonomy of the heroes.

Christina Voumvouraki
The Club played with me as well and I don't know if this should be considered a success or a failure. Throughout the conclusion, Emmi's letter was the final blow. How frustratingly polished, uninterrupted and dead everything seems now...

P.s. Dear Mano, I hope you didn't get the letter.