Joko’s Anniversary

Joko’s Anniversary[Epub] ➟ Joko’s Anniversary Author Roland Topor – Heartforum.co.uk More than just a clever piece of black humour, in Joko s Anniversary Topo urges the reader to a very serious consideration of the potential degredation of any individual by society More than just a clever piece of black humour, in Joko s Anniversary Topo urges the reader to a very serious consideration of the potential degredation of any individual by society.

A French illustrator, painter, writer and filmmaker, known for the surreal nature of his work He was of Polish Jewish origin and spent the early years of his life in Savoy where his family hid him from the Nazi perilRoland Topor wrote the novel The Tenant Le Locataire chim rique, , which was adapted to film by Roman Polanski in The Tenant is the story of a Parisian of Polish descent, who develops an obsession regarding what has happened to his apartment s previous tenant It is a chilling exploration of alienation and identity, asking disturbing questions about how we define ourselves The later novel Joko s Anniversary , another fable about loss of identity, is a vicious satire on social conformity Themes Topor returned to in his later novel Head to Toe Portrait of Suzanne A new presentation of The Tenant by Roland Topor was released in October The book has Topor s original novel, a new introduction by Thomas Ligotti, a selection of short stories by Topor, a representation of Topor s artwork and an essay on the famous Roman Polanski film version There is a working possibility of having Mr Polanski write a new foreword to this editionIn , Atlas Press published Topor s Head to Toe Portrait of Suzanne, translated and introduced by Andrew Hodgson It was the first of Topor s novels to enter English in nearly years.

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  • Paperback
  • 136 pages
  • Joko’s Anniversary
  • Roland Topor
  • English
  • 15 October 2019
  • 0714506850

10 thoughts on “Joko’s Anniversary

  1. knig says:

    Absolutely astonishing ly spectacularly original I m not sure how to do this macabre reductio ad absurdum tragicomedy justice Superficially cartoonish, it starts off with an outlandish altercation, which nevertheless still registers on the plausibility spectrum A man jumps on Joko s back and asks to be carried to the Concordia hotel After this auspicious beginning, an incremental build up of events, each a tadoutrageous than its predecessor, quickly build up into a symphony of absurd Absolutely astonishing ly spectacularly original I m not sure how to do this macabre reductio ad absurdum tragicomedy justice Superficially cartoonish, it starts off with an outlandish altercation, which nevertheless still registers on the plausibility spectrum A man jumps on Joko s back and asks to be carried to the Concordia hotel After this auspicious beginning, an incremental build up of events, each a tadoutrageous than its predecessor, quickly build up into a symphony of absurdia people glued together like a human centipede nail files opening up crevasses in human flesh and toothbrushes being stuck within, severed body parts littering the mis en scene, notably little girls heads rolling about hither thither, cannibalistic orgies in which human parts are eagerly devoured, an unsuccessful suicide attempt and a flourishing denouement whereby Joko, Cronus like, seems to ingest seven ormonstrous personalities inside his body Slasher scenes with a rising body count now reel off as a series of frieze frame montages, until Joko finally becomes an unwitting guardian of Hades.Amidst this frenzy of visceral gore, the characters float like caricatures it might be easy to dismiss them as as props in a situationally driven orchestra of slogans much like political cartoons which exaggerate grotesquely in order to drive home a point.Why is Joko and his colleagues at The Plant running around carrying parasitic hosts on his back The back cover of my edition bandies about the word exploitation but that s totally point missed Joko actually earnsmoney being a human horse and this is my only beef with the narrative the introduction of remuneration for the conveyancing seems to be a red herring and only confuses the issue, which is the power of mob mentality Joko, who is initially put out at having his back passage erm, tickled, slowly becomes convinced it s the right thing to do when his boss at the Plant endorses it Subsequent events of course can be taken at face value grotesque meaningless surrealism, but I m looking forThe joined up image of seven miscreants stuck on each other conjures up questions is Topor deliberately playing around with the number 7 had he seen the Seven Samurai and taken offence Is he countering with the seven deadly sins, exemplified through seven days of atrocities as each character rampages unchecked, and finally on the seventh day, God had a rest and so Joko tries to temper the atrocities by contemplating the ultimate rest death.These seven super glued perps also happen to represent a different strata in society as well the doctor, the professor, the prostitute, the worker, etc all I gots to do is figure out who did it with the candelstick in the conservatory The overwhelming sense data I m getting here is how organically, inextricably tied up each individual is within the fabric of society, and how impossible it is to break free, turn a new leaf, or find true individuality Its much easier instead to succumb to mob rule and allow the guise of multitude to enable the reversion to primitive urges rather than strive for enlightenment It pains to me to make analogies here with Krasznahorkai s Melancholy of Resistance , because I hated that book, but just as pure, innocent Valusha gets swept up in the crowd and is almost exhilarated to start pillaging and looting, so here Joko starts his own rampage of murder and mayhem Ostensibly controlled by alter egos, but come on I knows allegory and metaphor when I sees it.Why can t Joko die Is this a koan He tries often enough, but nothing doing He probably can t die because death would come as absolution, and salvation a spanner in the cycle, a glimmer of redemption, a sliverette of hope and we can t have any of that The ruthless cycle of human depravity grinds on, and there is no escape Or, is Joko dead already

  2. Nate D says:

    I ve known for a while that I absolutely needed to be reading Roland Topor After escaping WWII with his Polish Jewish family, Topor made his way to Paris as an all purpose artist and writer to co found the Panic Movement with Alejandro Jodorowsky and Fernando Arrabal, design classic animated sci fi Fantastic Planet, and write creepy surreal novels like The Tenant, and this one Joko s Anniversary is a completely weird and completely scathing story about exploitation And many other things like I ve known for a while that I absolutely needed to be reading Roland Topor After escaping WWII with his Polish Jewish family, Topor made his way to Paris as an all purpose artist and writer to co found the Panic Movement with Alejandro Jodorowsky and Fernando Arrabal, design classic animated sci fi Fantastic Planet, and write creepy surreal novels like The Tenant, and this one Joko s Anniversary is a completely weird and completely scathing story about exploitation And many other things like the best allegory, it refuses to completely resolve and suggests many ideas without cleanly conforming to any And without forgoing a totally gripping story of its own The novel opens with working everyman Joko s discovery that he can make good money on the side by carrying foreign delegates about his city on his back, despite initial reservations about being the sort of person who does this sort of thing From there, things get harsh The whole is delivered in a kind of deadpan comic absurdity, fast and dagger toothed, even when entirely horrifying and eventually striking a brutal fever pitch that would seem totally out of control were it not for the all too real atrocities lurking in the recent historical memory Basically totally amazing and memory seering It s completely shocking to me that this and literally every other Topor book and he wrote many is entirely out of print and mostly unaffordable in the second hand market I ve been meaning to make myself start reading in French again perhaps Topor will prove the necessary motivation, if anything else he did is anything like this Otherwise, it seems like it s time to start hittinglibraries or the ILL system this copy was extracted from Brooklyn Public s Central Storage, their sole Topor Anyway, if you like 60s 70s bizarre and want to be totally horrified, you can t do much better than this

  3. Cemre says:

    Bir de, sizleri ta maya ba lad mdan beri yere bak yorum hep Daha nce g e bakard m s 30.Sezon ba nda her i ini heyecanla takip etti im lham Yazar n kadrosunda lise y llar mdan beri hayran oldu um Durukan Ordu nun ve son y llardaki favorilerimden olan Zeynep Ekin ner in bulundu u yeni bir oyun haz rl nda oldu unu duyunca ok heyecanlanm t m Sonradan bu oyunun Joko nun Do um G n oldu unu rendim ve hemen Nadirkitap tan bask s yok nk oyunu edindim Yine de oyunu seyretmede Bir de, sizleri ta maya ba lad mdan beri yere bak yorum hep Daha nce g e bakard m s 30.Sezon ba nda her i ini heyecanla takip etti im lham Yazar n kadrosunda lise y llar mdan beri hayran oldu um Durukan Ordu nun ve son y llardaki favorilerimden olan Zeynep Ekin ner in bulundu u yeni bir oyun haz rl nda oldu unu duyunca ok heyecanlanm t m Sonradan bu oyunun Joko nun Do um G n oldu unu rendim ve hemen Nadirkitap tan bask s yok nk oyunu edindim Yine de oyunu seyretmeden okumak istemedim Belki b yle yaparak hayal g c m s n rl yorum ancak bir oyunu izleyip sonras nda okumay daha ok seviyorum Bu sayede sahne ve karakterler ok daha net bir ekilde canlan yor kafamda Ge en hafta sonu g bela, pazar pazar sabah n k r nde kalk p gi eye giderek biletini ald m Joko nun Do um G n n izleyince oyunu da okuyay m istedim Oyun, ciddi ele tiriler ve sizi durup d nmeye iten mesajlarla dolu Bu mesajlar g z n ze g z n ze sokmuyor Oyunun ba ar s da san r m buradan geliyor Bir at k su deposunda al an Joko, her sabah oldu u gibi i ine gitmek zere evinden k yor ve evinden kmas yla bir adam n s rt na binmesi bir oluyor Adam Joko dan kendisini Concordia Oteli ne kadar ta mas n istiyor Joko bu duruma kar k yor ve adam s rt ndan at yor fakat ne yaz k ki kurtulam yor Adam s rt ndan at nca bu sefer de bir kad n biniyor s rt na Ondan da kurtulan Joko, i yerine gitti inde al ma arkada lar ndan hi beklemedi i bir tepkiyle kar lan yor Hepsi bu ta ma i inin ne kadar kazan l oldu unu, bir de paralar tamamen al n terleriyle kazand klar i in asl nda nas l y ce oldu unu anlatmaya ba l yor Bir m ddet sonra Joko da daha fazla kar koyamayaca n anlayarak arkada lar gibi nemli insanlar oldu una h kmetti i ki ileri s rt nda ta maya ba l yor Asl nda biraz para biriktirse, ailesiyle g neye yerle ebilecek kadar paralar olsa bu i i de b rakacak ama Oyunu okumak yetmez diye d n yorum, izlemek de art Ankaral lara Ankara DT versiyonunu tavsiye ediyorum Hem metin ba ar yla ve lham Yazar fark yla sahneye konmu hem de oyunculuklar ok ok iyi, zellikle Zeynep Ekin ner ve Cevat Duman kendilerine ayr bir hayran b rakt r yorlar

  4. MJ Nicholls says:

    This novella is readable as either a witty black comedy, a surreal satire of Stalinist systems, or a pre Palahniukian exercise in empty upchuckery All three seem to be in evidence For background info on Topor, please consult Nate s review, and for an entertaining if unhealthy account of the bloodier aspects with analysis , consult Knig o lass s review For my thoughts, please consult the next few sentences Topor s skill at surreal humour is first rate he establishes the parameters of his This novella is readable as either a witty black comedy, a surreal satire of Stalinist systems, or a pre Palahniukian exercise in empty upchuckery All three seem to be in evidence For background info on Topor, please consult Nate s review, and for an entertaining if unhealthy account of the bloodier aspects with analysis , consult Knig o lass s review For my thoughts, please consult the next few sentences Topor s skill at surreal humour is first rate he establishes the parameters of his world clearly and doesn t lapse into bland anything goes absurdism But the graphic nature of his satire sits uneasily within the tone of the first half making the gruesomeness seem heavy handed as satire, undercut by the continual line of surreal winking mischief that runs throughout The elements don t really cohere, but fortunately the brutality doesn t lapse into the splatterlaughterporn of the execrable Eat Him if You Like no link provided on purpose , which has hints of Topor, without the wit or skill Overall on a par with that other unread Gallic scoundrel, Mr Boris Vian

  5. Axolotl says:

    A brilliant sort of fairy tale what begins as absurd and slightly off putting, pushes steadily further into the grotesque and finally horrific it s Kafka on K From reading this and The Tenant, two things stand out about Topor no words are wasted, and the plotting is such that it has a delightful compound effect the absurdity though very absurd indeed never comes across as forced due to Topor s rationing its doses, building up the reader s tolerance until the overdose which arrives, fittin A brilliant sort of fairy tale what begins as absurd and slightly off putting, pushes steadily further into the grotesque and finally horrific it s Kafka on K From reading this and The Tenant, two things stand out about Topor no words are wasted, and the plotting is such that it has a delightful compound effect the absurdity though very absurd indeed never comes across as forced due to Topor s rationing its doses, building up the reader s tolerance until the overdose which arrives, fittingly, at the end Do these people, these boils, these monkeys on Joko s back, this hydra symbolize the divers weaknesses modern man is susceptible to Machismo Pon Ton , blind faith in our institutions Prof Krank obsequiousness towards those propping up reason Dr F , female sexuality sexualization Wanda , etc Is Joko himself the working man, the everyman, the proletarian While reading he recalled to my mind Toole s Ignatius O Reilly.And the bathing suits what s up the bathing suits Too bad there hasn t been muchTopor translated Is thereyet One can only, as in most things, hope

  6. Booze_Hound says:

    Pretty good, a bit obnoxious and a little too macabre for me at times thinkgruesome then Dead Alive the movie I also wanted the story to be farhumorous than it was, though parts were quite funny There is a touch of overtly unnecessary sexual scenes which was apparent during most 60s bullshit because of the sexual revolution or whatever they called that joke in history But overall, very clever and brilliant story concerning identity of the self, societal conformity, hypocrisy Pretty good, a bit obnoxious and a little too macabre for me at times thinkgruesome then Dead Alive the movie I also wanted the story to be farhumorous than it was, though parts were quite funny There is a touch of overtly unnecessary sexual scenes which was apparent during most 60s bullshit because of the sexual revolution or whatever they called that joke in history But overall, very clever and brilliant story concerning identity of the self, societal conformity, hypocrisy, free will, Nietzsche s Eternal Return and pompous elitism Also, I thought of it as some sort of allegory for Jews and Nazi Germany I know, you can say that about everything Godwin s Law Reductio ad Hitlerum But I think it is true here, read it and let me know it only takes a couple hours and if you are a quick reader, far faster I should have not put this all in parenthesis, it seems a bit much This should be adapted to the screen immediately, the book reads practically like a script Someone do this

  7. Tuck says:

    what goes on here exploitation of the worker how war and colonialism is just as damaging for the victor as the colonized 6 days of increasing horror topped by the 7th of rest in death the 1% really being human sharks with no morals or scruples MAMA here are two much better reviews exploring the above and just what Topor was up to what goes on here exploitation of the worker how war and colonialism is just as damaging for the victor as the colonized 6 days of increasing horror topped by the 7th of rest in death the 1% really being human sharks with no morals or scruples MAMA here are two much better reviews exploring the above and just what Topor was up to

  8. Cecil says:

    I read this book in 1971, when I was 10 The local Jewel grocery store was giving away children s books with purchases over a certain dollar amount I thought the picture on the cover was funny My parents did not censor our reading, and they did not look at the book before I read it I had nightmares for weeks after I read it It is the only book my mother ever threw in the garbage Or maybe it was even the fire I am sure that if I had not encountered it until I was an adult, I may have reacte I read this book in 1971, when I was 10 The local Jewel grocery store was giving away children s books with purchases over a certain dollar amount I thought the picture on the cover was funny My parents did not censor our reading, and they did not look at the book before I read it I had nightmares for weeks after I read it It is the only book my mother ever threw in the garbage Or maybe it was even the fire I am sure that if I had not encountered it until I was an adult, I may have reacted differently, but I am unwilling to give it another try it To this day I cannot figure out how it got into the grocery s giveaway collection An early example of corporate sabotage by a disgruntled worker

  9. Brent Hayward says:

    I have sort of a virulent love hate thing with French writers Queneau and Perec and Proust, for instance, are astonishing and make me keep up the pursuit forCamus and Houllebec utter shite I keep digging, looking forgems, and paid 30 for this little hardcover, mailorder from The Strand, when I heard about it Until the human centipede bit, Joko was pretty trite and one dimensional A bit of a gag book, and when I was done I got the joke, and it wasn t especially funny It only I have sort of a virulent love hate thing with French writers Queneau and Perec and Proust, for instance, are astonishing and make me keep up the pursuit forCamus and Houllebec utter shite I keep digging, looking forgems, and paid 30 for this little hardcover, mailorder from The Strand, when I heard about it Until the human centipede bit, Joko was pretty trite and one dimensional A bit of a gag book, and when I was done I got the joke, and it wasn t especially funny It only took two days to read there is that

  10. Bram says:

    A short, surreal masterpiece by one of the most underrated purveyors of the form Equal parts oppressively plausible and batshit crazy it works as comedy, horror, parable or imaginative gymnastic exhibition Had The Tenant not been one of my all time favourite novels I might have given this 5 stars but, let s be frank, this is not quite as great So 4.5 stars perhaps

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