Milorad Pavić, the acclaimed Serbian writer and literary historian, was born in Belgrade in 1929. His unconventional novels can be compared with those of Jorge Louis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino, and B.S. Johnson; his playful style made Robert Coover claim that Pavić “thinks the way we dream.” A member of the Serbian Academy of Science and Arts since 1991, he lived and worked in Belgrade.
In “The Second Body” Pavić as always, relies on the active partnership with the readers and lets them choose: whether to experience this novel as a love story, or as a metaphysical thriller about the other, the second body of Jesus Christ. Some critics define the novel as the Slavonic parallel of “The Da Vinci Code”, as far as it`s suggesting a new interpretation of the Bible.