Despite being first in the publication history of the Poena Damni trilogy, Dimitris Lyacos’s The First Death is the latest installment of the narrative sequence. A booklet found by the protagonist of Z213: EXIT during the course of his voyage, The First Death tells the story of a marooned man on a desert island – or has him tell it. In a sequence of fourteen sections the cDespite being first in the publication history of the Poena Damni trilogy, Dimitris Lyacos’s The First Death is the latest installment of the narrative sequence. A booklet found by the protagonist of Z213: EXIT during the course of his voyage, The First Death tells the story of a marooned man on a desert island – or has him tell it. In a sequence of fourteen sections the crippled protagonist struggles for his survival. Through an inexhaustible fecundity of imagery and a sense of unquenchable vitality in the midst of denial and despair a relentless fight develops between the character and the elements, as well as his physical and mental disintegration. Lyacos brings to bear a formidable culture in which fragments of ancient Greek are embedded in a supple modern idiom, and a variety of classical and biblical references are seamlessly integrated into the text. The violence and intensity of his vision combined with the headlong energy of his verse reveal a tragic inner landscape. The protagonist here could be a modern Philoctetes or an inverted version of Crusoe; but as the ordeal on the island comes to an end one is not finally sure whether one has encountered simply a wretched stump of humanity or, rather, a proudly self-mutilated god....
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The First Death Reviews
Really violent stuff, in line with Iliad and Beowulf, in another time and setting or course. The lonely battle of a lost man. Great.
Last of the Poena Damni series, this book does justice to the other too. Intense, violent, but also, embedded in our deepest human concerns. The content of the book - a lone castaway struggling to survive on a utterly bare island- lives up to the Greek tragic poets, but has a strength and style of its own, while being at the same time pure and great poetry. You may be shocked by its imagery, but, then again this happens also when your read Homer or Lautreamont. After you have finished it you will probably wonder what else have you read that could be similar to such a unique reading experience.
read this in Greek a long time ago. While most tend to be impressed by the author's subject matter - and who wouldn't, what with all the horror - I was struck by his skill: carefully manipulating images but also playing about with any metre one could possibly think of. Gripping stuff!