Thus you can choose whichever ending you prefer. Leave the rest to others. Be satisfied with your own end, you do not need another's. Buying this book, the reader receives one hundred ends instead one. This is a love-story novel which is based on a detective narrative spreading out into one hundred branches.
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Every reader chooses his personal version of the novel and his special end to the story. This book is described as a delta novel, with the story having a hundred possible endings. The endings were originally published in a separate book, but this English translation has everything in one volume. An odd book, but odd in a good way, as I did enjoy it, but I was weak and read all the possible endings before choosing the one I liked best.
My favourite editing error was 'rubble' for 'rabble'. I'm fairly sure that Pushkin's characters were attacked by an angry mob rather than having a building fall on them! Superb book from Milorad Pavic - billed as a delta novel with a different endings, that is actually a bit of an exaggeration since the different endings part of the journal of a policeman that tries to make sense of events are all actually essential in understanding the novel. Told in several parts and in different narrative formats, and with a perfume - both male and female - based theme at least for a while, and taking place in a modern city and of course in unreality spaces this is an amazing novel that needs several re-readings to fully make sense.
Now, you will love this book or you'll hate it, but again this is typical for all Pavic's books. This time Pavic has written "multi-ending story that diverges into one hundred branches". In Serbian there are actually two books: one which is regular novel Unique Item and second one is Blue Book with rest 99 endings. An intriguing and playful story revolving around an androgyne who is a dreamcatcher and possessing an incredible power of smell. Several murders occur in different occasions, an opera singer who last performed as Pushkin this detail we discover later is crucial dies, some shady characters pop in and out, through it all the androgyne appears to be the link -- she has caught dreams for those people who, by dreaming dreams from their past life and dreams from after their death, forfeit their own present lives.
I was reminded of Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita where the Devil came in disguise to wreak havoc on the characters' lives -- there are similarities in this book. I wouldn't be surprised if the idea was Bulgakov-inspired. Original title: Kutija za pisanje.
Heroes closed in a Writing box reflect on the nature of space and time and the names of forgotten love. Milord Pavic makes the study of this ancient subject trip to space of the human body and soul. All this and more in the Writing box. Writing Box tells the audience the unusual tale of things accidentally left behind in an object purchased by chance. Having decided to explore his new item the main character discovers many things left behind by the previous owner. He sees postcards, a clay pipe, a strand of hair, a ship's log, and by virtue of the energy of these objects starts to learn about the previous owner, and to piece together the story of his life.
This novel by the famous Serbian writer Milorad Pavic is characterized by polysemy and non-linear narration, free circulation of space and time. The "inventory" of the accidentally old writing box and exploration of its hidden nooks and crannies turn into disclosure of the cosmos of the human soul Writing box has two endings. The latest novel of our distinguished writer in which, as before, the author employs global metaphor, using an earlier story which branches out into two and tells of the relations between the Balkans and Europe… One of the heroes wants to be accepted in Europe at all costs, to forget his language and to desert the army, in order to leave the Balkans, but does not manage to do so.
Just when he thinks that he could be accepted and welcomed, he realizes that as a man from the Balkans he never will be accepted, for his children go with the woman he loves. The other tragic character lives in Bosnia during the last war and loses his home and his children. The author places a writing box in front of the reader that reveals the context of an exceptional and complex love story between a rich young French girl, Lilly, and a Serbian student, Timotei.
A manuscript is found and various "pseudo" documents are discovered in the box 48 postcards, a Serbian manuscript from Paris rolled in an English comic book, a ship log with a star chart, e-mail, cassette tape, 53 pages torn from a book and a photograph with a note on it. This method combines reality and fiction, creating for the reader an authentic feeling upon which the story is built.
It is therefore no surprise, that he manipulates Biblical, canonical and apocryphal legends, cabalistic tradition, Greek mythology, as well as Balkan folk oral tradition in order to achieve his original ideas in this particular novel. He takes an ancient story from the beginning of time and projects it onto the period at the end of the twentieth century and the love affair between his characters, who, seen in such a perspective, take on allegoric and symbolic meanings of mythic heroes.
Quiet in her beginning… Book-labyrinth. Gaining energy to its finale.
I love so much that branching plot. I wanted to touch and to be left alone with such writing box Original title: Sedam smrtnih grehova. There are two parallel plots in the latest collection of seven stories, Seven Mortal Sins , by Milorad Pavic, one of the most prominent and prolific Serbian authors: the real ones and the dreamed ones, the latter being predominant. The settings are in Belgrade, on the Sava River slope, and the street names and the numbers of the houses, where the events take place, are adduced. The linked collection of stories Seven Mortal Sins has two peculiarities.
The writer disappears from each of these stories, always in a different way. Also, each of them takes place in a specific building in old Belgrade, on the slope by the Sava River, so the subtitles contain the addresses of those buildings. These are villas dating back to the turning point between the past two centuries, which look better by night than by day, and which Jasmina and I like to pass on our evening walks.
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Around them spreads the city, on which I wrote a monograph entitled Short History of Belgrade. Even more peculiar is the introduction of his majesty, the Reader. The reader of Pavic's other fiction turns up in a few stories from this collection. Many of the same elements recur in several selections--for example, the mirror with a hole, once a magic icon.
To invoke somehow his beloved, the protagonist of the story Tuniski beli kavez u vidu pagode The Tunisian pagoda-shaped white cage imagines in his dreamless nights the ideal home for his dear J. He selects a nice old house on the Sava River slope and imagines how he would furnish it, room by room, so that J. Much to his surprise, however, he is charged with making the interior decoration of the very house he has furnished in his imagination, in his dreamland. Then yet another unexpected development awaits him: all the arrangements previously made in the house, to the very detail, follow his dream; there is even his Tunisian cage in a corner, but also his beloved.
Nevertheless, disappointment awaits him. Despite his feelings toward her, however, he refuses to make love to her in front of the magic icon and leaves the place. The heroine wants to become pregnant and approaches a special agency. The nonhuman species semen, called Plasma L, is to go through four men and a woman at a precisely calculated time determined by the stars. Another strange thing: the mother will start looking like the child, not vice versa--that is, she will have three irises: "One iris sees time, the second eternity, and the third iris sees around the corner.
There the narrator--the author--meets his heroes and heroines, whom he had killed off in his various books, waiting to vindicate themselves.
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Since dead people cannot see those alive, he tries to escape. In the story Soba izgubljenih koraka T he Room of the Lost Steps , an idle group of people wishing to amuse themselves wants to get acquainted with some reader. He, indeed, turns up, impregnates Lena, a character of the story, and disappears. Two years after publication of the story, a young man, a random passerby, finds an earring, one of the preconditions of entering into the story, and so the story starts unfolding.
Ogledalo s rupom The Mirror with a Hole captivates the lazy reader who did not finish the story he had commenced reading. So he must first finish Pushkin's Snowstorm and then be set free. Pavic's abundant fantasy, imagination, rich resourcefulness, peculiar combinations, and, above all, his style reach here their full expression. It is no wonder that we are indebted to Pavic for what might be the first multimedia novel in the world, Dictionary of the Khazars. Seven Mortal Sins - a novel by Milorad Pavic. This edition of the famous Serbian writer in a dust jacket, with a reproduction of Hieronymus Bosch on the cover, was printed by the St.
Petersburg publishing house "Amphora". Another reason to talk about Pavic, now an unconditional classic. Everything that Pavic is famous for: compelling descriptions, flight of fancy, allusions, quotes and self-quotes, dreams a reality in which literary reality is inscribed, the fragmentation of the narrative seven short stories combined into one novel, short stories strangely connected - all of this is in the Seven Sins.
On the whole, the novel - a free fantasy, was inspired by the Hieronymus Bosch painting but with the addition of Marc Chagall and Dante or the seven deadly sins - from adultery to wrath. Each of the seven short stories is not so much an illustration as a variation on the theme. However, the motto of each can be the single phrase: "No one laughs at my dreams.
Readers reviews. Milorad Pavic never ceases to amaze.