Dead Europe

I’ve been so busy at work (I’d go so far as to use the word stressed even) that Dead Europe has lain read and un-reviewed on my desk for 3 weeks now. If I’d loved it I would have whipped up a post by now, but as usual I’ve been wondering how to express my disappointment in a fair way. I’m already feeling that way about The Spare Room by Garner – only quarter way and yet already infuriating enough for me to have to put it down after every third chapter.


Back to Dead Europe. I can see why people love it for the in-your-face politically incorrect racial jousting; for its nihilistic de-romaticising of the former Czechoslovakia and in contrasting urban Greek attitudes with the stoic folks in dying rural villages.  And as per usual there’s a lot of rough, male on male casual sex to keep the shock factor from waning too much. Like everyone keeps saying about The Slap, the characters are not very likeable, but at least they feel real. For me, many of the ghostly history parts in Greece  just didn’t make much sense, I kept losing track of who was who, and it might have worked better to have read it in one or two sessions instead of many small tram rides. I still think Christos Tsiolkas would be the BESTEST dinner party guest ever – I think he’s coming to the Darebin Library soon to talk about it, so I should book now and beat the crowds. 4 stars.

4 thoughts to “Dead Europe”

  1. I really need to pick up some of his books if I can find them here. I’ll try to have a look for one tonight and let you knwo what I think.

  2. “I reckon try “Loaded” Ben. They made a film about it, so it must be pretty good.”

    That logic doesn’t always work, after all they made six Harry Potter films and at least four of the books were pretty crap…

    As for Tsiolkas’ books, *shrug* the only one I ever read was “the slap” and that was more than underwhelming – if that is what passes for “real” characters, I’m glad I live in my reality! 😛

    ps. say “hi” to Kim for me 🙂

  3. Hi Angie – that was a surprise!

    I don’t know why I threw that film statement out so readily – but at least you stand a better chance reading a good book which got turned into a film, than the reverse. At least in my experience.

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