A Tomb for Boris Davidovich (Eastern European Literature Series)

A Tomb for Boris Davidovich (Eastern European Literature Series)

Paperback(1ST Dalkey)



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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

World Literature Today

A stunning statement on political persecution.

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.

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.”


Kis slices into the essence of revolutionary spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781564782731
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date: 06/01/2001
Series: Eastern European Studies (Paperback) Series
Edition description: 1ST Dalkey
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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