In these pages are explained the profound karmic consequences of photographic narcissism, insane record-keeping, the archiving of one's nail clippings, and the infinite savouring of words; here also are exemplary warnings against surrendering hope, living without creativity, accepting too blithe a Heaven, and answering the phone in the middle of a dream-haunted night. Of course, even with such sage counsel, life remains uncertain and perilous; but even if ultimate answers can never be found, a Zivkovic collection is always eminently collectable...
- Paperback | 88 pages
- 127 x 203 x 5mm | 104g
- 20 Dec 2018
- Zoran Zivkovic
- Illustrations, black and white; Illustrations, black and white
Longlisted for the 2008 British Fantasy Society Award for Best Novella
A five-part TV series, "The Collector," produced in 2005 by the Belgrade-based Studio B Television, is based on this book ...characters living on the extreme margins, whose bizarre and obsessive behaviour crystallises deep truths for us. ...each tale is a gem of ironic humour and, as always, Zivkovic redeems everything at the eleventh hour with a climax of revelatory beauty. The short novella at the end of this collection, The Teashop, is a delightful bonus, a sort of distillation of the storytelling principle honed throughout the previous four books: endless storytelling as a form of redemption, even, for its protagonists, as a kind of immortality.
--Tamar Yellin, Infinity Plus ...an amazing reading experience. ...Each of these twelve stories comes together as a cohesive whole creating a wondrous and spectacular novella that will leave you breathless by the final tale.
[The Teashop is] an inspiring tale that touches on the magic of storytelling and the far-reaching lines of fate's web. ...the perfect conclusion to a book filled with miracles and curiosities.
--Joe Kroeger, Horrorworld The crystalline prose of suite and stand-alone alike makes the stories exquisite to read.
--Ray Olson, Booklist