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Последна любов в Цариград
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144
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04 December 2008

Last Love in Constantinople

Acclaimed Serbian novelist Pavic, best known here for his Dictionary of the Khazars, offers another nonlinear novel that the reader is invited to experience in multiple ways. The book is divided into 21 chapters, or "keys", which are meant to parallel the 21 cards of the Tarot known as "The Major Arcana." Guides to the cards' meaning and the main patterns for laying them out are included in appendixes to the novel. Recalling Cort zar's Hopscotch in structure, the book's conceptual bravado is undermined by its content, which lacks equal complexity. Centering around two rival families, the Opujics and the Tenckis, who are enmeshed in a series of military and sexual adventures, Pavic's fractured narrative seeks to achieve a hall-of-mirrors effect, but instead it's often simply confusing, an overstuffed short novel that contains enough characters and incidents to make up an epic. Taken on their own, Pavic's brief chapters tend to be compelling and assured, the work of a skilled and unconventional storyteller whose oeuvre is clearly as much influenced by classic episodic works such as Don Quixote and The Decameron as by recent writers like Borges and M rquez. But experimentation gets the best of him here. For all its structural intricacy, Pavic's latest fails to come together into a compelling larger narrative and instead allows its impressive parts to detract and distract from the whole.

About the Author
Milorad  Pavić

Milorad Pavić (1929--2009) was a noted Serbian poet, prose writer, translator, and literary historian. A writer who truly succeeded in mystifying the whole world within his magnificent works of art. When it comes to unconventional novel structures and experiments with form, Milorad Pavic is the first name that comes to mind with his meticulously executed and intricately twisted labyrinths of the imagination – his “metanovels”. Some of them take the shape of an encyclopedia, others are crossword puzzles and “Last Love inConstantinople” is a deck of tarot cards. The reader is always invited to determine the beginning and the end of every story, in a vivid interaction with the written text. Milorad Pavic has been nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature. 

Though Pavić's novels can be enjoyed by reading them cover-to-cover, among his stated goals is a desire to write novels with unusual forms, and to make the reader a more active participant than usually. In an interview published in 1998, Pavić said, "I have tried my best to eliminate or to destroy the beginning and the end of my novels. The Inner Side of the Wind, for example, has two beginnings. You start reading this book from the side you want. In Dictionary of the Khazars you can start with whatever story you want. But writing it, you have to keep in mind that every entry has to be read before and after every other entry in the book. I managed to avoid, at least until now, the old way of reading, which means reading from the classical beginning to the classical end."

He also wrote one play. There are more than 80 translations of his work, into many languages. Milorad Pavić was nominated for the Nobel prize in literature by experts in Europe, the USA and Brazil. In 1991 he was elected as a member of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in the Department of Language and Literature.

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