The Galley Slave by Drago Jancar
(Slovenian Literature Series)

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The Galley Slave is a tour de force of historical fiction centered on the misadventures of an Everyman of indeterminate origins named Johan Ot, who is part picaresque anti-hero, part Josef K.


About Drago Jancar

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Jancar, today the leading writer of contemporary Slovenian prose, was born in Maribor, Slovenia. A former president of the Slovenian PEN Center and a winner of the Preseren Foundation Award, he is currently an editor of the New Review. Michael Biggins is a Slavic and East European studies librarian at the University of Washington Libraries in Seattle. His translations include the memoir Necropolis by Boris Pahor, the novels Northern Lights and Mocking Desire by Drago Jancar, and numerous shorter pieces from Slovenian and Russian.
Published December 6, 2011 by Dalkey Archive Press. 376 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Yet the doomed Ot is again captured and sentenced to become a galley slave “for the rest of his natural life.” Jancar depicts the insidious gloom of this society with the intimacy of someone acutely aware of how the repressive tentacles of an authoritarian regime can rob individuals of their ...

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First published in Slovenia in the late seventies, The Galley Slave is part of an exciting new series of literature in translation published by Dalkey Archive in conjunction with the Slovenian Book Agency.

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But he does not descend further, thanks to the bad example of one who did, “Simon the Gull.” Amidst his suffering, Ot for a spell finds a Zenlike peace.

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