POENA DAMNI: THE TRILOGY

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cover POENA DAMNI: THE TRILOGY
Title: POENA DAMNI: THE TRILOGY
Publisher: Shoestring Press
Translated by: Shorsha Sullivan
Published: Oct 2018
Edition: 1st Edition
Pages: 330
Format: paperback
ISBN: 978-1912524013

One of the most original and significant works to have come out of Europe in the new millenium is Dimitris Lyacos' trilogy, Poena Damni. Despite its short length, the text took over a period of thirty years to complete with the individual books revised and republished in different editions during this period and arranged around a cluster of concepts including the scapegoat, the quest, the return of the dead, redemption, physical suffering, mental illness. Lyacos's characters are always at a distance from society as such, fugitives, like the narrator of Z213: Exit, outcasts in a dystopian hinterland like the characters in With the People from the Bridge, or marooned, like the protagonist of The First Death whose struggle for survival unfolds on a desert-like island. Poena Damni has been construed as an "allegory of unhappiness" and compared to works of authors such as Thomas Pynchon, Samuel Beckett and Cormac McCarthy.

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