A Tomb for Boris Davidovich (Eastern European Literature Series)

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Composed of seven dark tales, A Tomb for Boris Davidovich presents variations on the theme of political and social self-destruction throughout Eastern Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. The characters in these stories are caught in a world of political hypocrisy, which ultimately leads to death, their common fate. Although the stories Kis tells are based on historical events, the beauty and precision of his prose elevates these ostensibly true stories into works ...

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Overview

Composed of seven dark tales, A Tomb for Boris Davidovich presents variations on the theme of political and social self-destruction throughout Eastern Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. The characters in these stories are caught in a world of political hypocrisy, which ultimately leads to death, their common fate. Although the stories Kis tells are based on historical events, the beauty and precision of his prose elevates these ostensibly true stories into works of literary art that transcend the politics of their time.

Dalkey Archive Press

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“Kis slices into the essence of revolutionary spirit.”
New Leader
“ A Tomb for Boris Davidovich bears traces of Orwell's 1984 and Koestler's Darkness at Noon, but it has its own special flair.”
Irving Howe
“An absolutely first-rate book, one of the best things I've ever seen on the whole experience of communism in Eastern Europe, but more than that, it's really a first-rate novel.”
World Literature Today
“A stunning statement on political persecution.”
New York Review of Books
“In Kis's case . . . it is the consistent quality of the local prose that counts. It is how, sentence by sentence, the song is built, and immeasurable meanings meant. It is the rich regalia of his rhetoric that leads us to acknowledge his authority. On his page, trappings are not trappings, but sovereignty itself.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564782731
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Eastern European Literature Series
  • Edition description: 1ST Dalkey
  • Pages: 145
  • Sales rank: 390,986
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Danilo Kis was one of Serbia's most influential writers and the author of several novels and short-story collections, including A Tomb for Boris Davidovich, The Encyclopedia of the Dead, and Hourglass. In 1980 Kis was awarded the Grand Aigle d'Or from the city of Nice. He died in 1989 at the age of 54.

William T. Vollmann is the author of The Atlas (winner of the 1997 PEN Center West Award), Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes, and Europe Central. His nonfiction includes Rising Up and Rising Down which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2003.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Knife With the Rosewood Handle 3
The Sow That Eats Her Farrow 17
The Mechanical Lions 29
The Magic Card Dealing 53
A Tomb for Boris Davidovich 73
Dogs and Books 109
The Short Biography of A. A. Darmolatov 127
Afterword 136
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