Of all Danilo Kis's books, Hourglass, the account of the final months in one man's life before he is sent to a concentration camp, is generally considered his masterpiece.
Vincent D. Balitas, Allentown College, Center Valley, PA
"What distinguishes Kiš's novel is its authorial independence. A conventional narrative structure is ignored; it is the author's musings and diversions that magically build suspense. That he succeeds is a rare achievement." --Herbert Mitgang, New York Times
"Probably no other novelist has succeeded better than Kiš in making a densely stylistic pattern out of such a nightmare, conveying with gruesome but also aesthetically beautiful effect the interrelation in such a life at such a time of the quotidian and the apocalyptic, the combination of the sense of trivia with the sense of doom." --John Bayley, New York Review of Books
"A finely sustained, complex fictional performance. It is full of pain and rage and gusto and joy of living, at once side-splitting and a heartbreaker." --John Simon, Washington Post Book World
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"While working on Hourglass, I tried to replace the monotony of a given style the sort of thing a writer settles into after a long quest with polyphony, a formal polyphony. Hence the use of the most varied literary devices sometimes lyrical and sometimes essayistic, sometimes ironic and sometimes tragiserious, sometimes philosophical and sometimes parodical." (Danilo Kis, from Homo Poeticus)
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Danilo Kiš (February 22, 1935–October 15, 1989) was a Yugoslavian novelist, short story writer and poet who wrote in Serbo-Croatian. Kiš was influenced by Bruno Schulz, Vladimir Nabokov, Jorge Luis Borges and Ivo Andric, among other authors. His most famous works include A Tomb for Boris Davidovich and The Encyclopedia of the Dead.
Ralph Manheim has translated several works by Günthre Grass and Bertolt Brecht.
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