Dead Europe (out of print)
From the international bestselling and Booker Prize nominated author of The Slap comes a blazingly brilliant new novel.
Winner of the 2006 Age Fiction Prize
Winner of the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award
Part long-forgotten myth, part meditation on the violence and tragedy of contemporary Europe, Dead Europe is an unsettling story about blood lust and blood revenge; a novel of blazing brilliance from the acclaimed author of The Slap.
Isaac, a young Australian photographer, is travelling through Europe. His whole life he has longed for the sophistication and wealth of the Europe of his father's stories, the Europe at the centre of civilization and culture. But behind the facade of a unified and globalized contemporary society, he finds a history-blasted wasteland, a place forever condemned by the ghosts of its unspeakable past. In the mountain village in the Balkans where his mother was born, he unearths ancient terrors that have not been laid to rest, and perhaps never can be.
Winner of Age Book of the Year: Fiction 2006.
Vanessa writes: Tsiolkas' third novel is a contemporary gothic tale about a Europe haunted by communism and a family haunted by shame and racism. The novel is divided up in to two strands of narrative. The first follows Isaac, an Australian born photographer of Greek background whose photography is to be displayed at a gallery in Greece, as he travels to Greece and all over Europe. If you are expecting a pleasant picturesque tour of Europe, complete with romance, croissants and Tuscan villas, I suggest you buy a Lonely Planet. The post-communist Europe which Isaac observes is corrupt, bleak and depressing. It is a Europe occupied by jaded ideals and haunted by the spectres of communism. Isaac's travel journal describes a Dante-esque descent into madness and even vampirism. The second story starts about a hundred years earlier in a small Greek village and tells of the terror that washes across Greece in the wake of the Nazi invasion and the accompanying flowering of Anti-Semitism. Tsiolkas interweaves the two narratives superbly and his voice is as raw and brutal as ever. Although this is a disturbing and sometimes alarming novel, it is nonetheless a remarkable work of fiction from one of this country's finest authors.
Christos Tsiolkas was born in Melbourne in 1965. LOADED, his first novel, was published in 1995 and later made into the award-winning film HEAD ON. In 1996 he collaborated with Sasha Soldatow on the dialogue JUMP CUTS. His novel THE JESUS MAN was published in 1999.