Death and the Dervish

Death and the Dervish

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Sheikh Nuruddin is a dervish at a Sarajevo monastery in the eighteenth century during the Turkish occupation. When his brother is arrested, he descends into the Kafkaesque world of the Turkish authorities in order to find out what has happened. As he does so, he begins to question his relations with society as a whole and, eventually, his life choices in general. Hugely successful when published in the 1960s, Death and the Dervish appears here in its first English translation.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 469 pages
  • 121 x 203 x 26.92mm | 544.31g
  • Evanston, United States
  • English
  • Translated ed.
  • 0810112965
  • 9780810112964

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Death and the Dervish is a first-person narrative told from the point of view of Sheikh Nuruddin, a dervish at a Sarajevo monastery in the eighteenth century during the Turkish occupation. The spiritual leader of a group of Moslems, Sheikh Nuruddin has deliberately removed himself from the day-to-day activities of society. This distance is shattered, though, by the arrest of his brother. As Sheikh Nuruddin attempts to find out what has happened to his brother and to intervene on his behalf, he is drawn into the Kafkaesque world of the Turkish authorities. As he does so, he begins to question his relations with society as a whole and, eventually, his life choices in general. A literary masterpiece that was hugely successful when published in Yugoslavia in the 1960s, Death and the Dervish appears here in its first English translation.
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Table of contents

Introduction
Part 1
Part 2
Notes
Select Bibliography
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Review quote

""If there is any alternative to the bleak despair that permeates Death and the Dervish, it could be found in the solidarity and love between members of a family and friends. This simple message is timely, and badly needed in Bosnia today."" --World Literature Today
|""A famous novel...that generates enormous power--worthy of comparison with Selimovic's great countryman and forerunner Ivo Andric."" --Kirkus
|""Speaks to contemporary readers with all the force of their twentieth-century sufferings and travails...a writer with a broad, tolerant orientation."" --World Literature Today
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About Mesa Selimovic

Mesa Selimovic (1910 - 1982) was born in Tuzla, Bosnia. He became one of the most important writers in Yugoslavia.
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4 22% (1,195)
3 7% (401)
2 2% (106)
1 1% (48)
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