Krakow Melt

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Shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award and Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction, this novel by Daniel Allen Cox (Shuck; Basement of Wolves) is an incendiary story about two pyromaniacs who fight homophobia in Krakow, one of the fronts of the Solidarnosc revolution. It's 2005 and Poland's moral crisis escalates as Pope John Paul II approaches death while the country's president makes homophobic declarations. Radek is a bisexual artist convinced that fire is the great stabilizer; he meets Dorota, literature ...

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Overview

Shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award and Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction, this novel by Daniel Allen Cox (Shuck; Basement of Wolves) is an incendiary story about two pyromaniacs who fight homophobia in Krakow, one of the fronts of the Solidarnosc revolution. It's 2005 and Poland's moral crisis escalates as Pope John Paul II approaches death while the country's president makes homophobic declarations. Radek is a bisexual artist convinced that fire is the great stabilizer; he meets Dorota, literature student and budding pyromaniac. Driven by rage and sexual curiosity, they buck Church, government, and the LGBT community to find sexual freedom, escaping their enemies by scaling the crumbling walls and ideas of the city.

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In repressive Poland in 2005, gay artist Radek vents his considerable frustration with small acts of rebellion (like setting fires) and with a street game called parkour, in which players race around the city leaping over obstacles. His sex life is skittish (he does it with his clothes on), and at his gallery show his popsicle-stick maquette of Chicago circa 1871 causes a sensation when he lights it to recreate the city's famous fire. This bit of performance art brings out burly firefighters and an unlikely kindred soul, Dorota, an artist and professor, who invites him to her class, where his rough treatment of the students pleases her, surprisingly. They become partners in crime, literally and figuratively. But his intense connection with a woman does not sit well with some of his gay activist friends. Cox's (Shuck) splintered narrative, polished to an incisive gloss, bristles with both mischief and menace, and any of its short, titled chapters could stand alone. References to Pink Floyd, Polish pope John Paul II, and an unquenchable anger course from the first page to the last--a pointillistic poisoned pill. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews

A gay, parkour-loving pyromaniac takes a stand against Poland's oppressive society.

Radek Tomaszewski, the narrator of the second novel by Cox (Shuck, 2008), is an artist with a peculiar specialty. He constructs scale models of major cities consumed by fires—Chicago circa the Great Fire of 1871, San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake—with the intent to burn them before gallery crowds. But with the help of Dorota, an art student, he learns to broaden his artistic and emotional horizons. Unified in their contempt for Polish homophobia, they perform stunts like using candles to spell out gay-positive slogans and participate in rallies supporting an apparently homosexual elephant at a zoo. Cox ups the absurdist quotient by making Radek an enthusiast for both Pink Floyd and parkour, a discipline that treats cities like obstacle courses. But aside from random character coloring, it's not entirely clear how those enthusiasms serve the story; the novel's brief chapters leap from one set piece to the next, hanging only to a thin thread of plot. That's not a problem when particular passages are successful. One powerful, sensual chapter about a beach trip shows how difficult it is for gays to express themselves in public without fear. In another chapter, a gay doctor performs emergency surgery on an ailing Pope John Paul II (the novel is set shortly before his death in 2005), while pondering the Catholic Church's homophobia—a scene that will gain added resonance in the book's final pages. But such moments don't compensate for the narrative's lack of connective tissue, which might have made Radek and Dorota's struggles feel less abstracted.

Ironically, this brief novel takes on too much: Cox knows his way around Polish fairy tales, soccer culture, Czeslaw Milosz's poetry and life in Kraków, but his treatment of these is too glancing to have the intended emotional impact.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551523729
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Allen Cox: Daniel Allen Cox is the author of Shuck (2008), shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award and the ReLit Award (Canada) for best novel. He is also a columnist for Capital Xtra! in Ottawa, Canada.

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