The Lute and the Scars

The Lute and the Scars

Paperback Serbian Literature (Paperback)

By (author) Danilo Kis, Translated by John K. Cox

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  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 201mm x 13mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 21 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Normal, IL
  • ISBN 10: 1564787354
  • ISBN 13: 9781564787354
  • Sales rank: 500,752

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Written between 1980 and 1986, the six stories that constitute The Lute and the Scars (as well as an untitled piece by the author, included here as "A and B") were transcribed from the manuscripts left by Danilo Kis following his death in 1989. Like the title story, many of these texts are autobiographical. Others resurrect protagonists belonging to Kis's fellow Central European novelists, allowing readers to identify, perhaps, depending on the level of obfuscation, fantasy, and historical accuracy, figures dreamed up by Odon von Horvath and Endre Ady ("The Stateless"), by the Yugoslavian Nobel laureate Ivo Andric ("Debt"), and by Piotr Rawicz. Against a background of oppressive regimes and political exile, readers will find that the never-ending debate between death and writing continues unabated in these stories--death as allegory or as a voluntary symbolic act, and writing as the one impregnable defense, writing as the only possible means of survival.

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