Synopses & Reviews
Continuing the European Classics series, here is the first paperback edition of ". . . one of the finest fantastic collections since Borge's FICCIONES" (THE NATION). In these stories Danilo Kis depicts human relationships, encounters, landscapes--the multitude of details that make up a human life. "Remarkable . . . . A shadow of death darkens this book, but it is a beautiful shadow and a luminescent darkness".--THE NEW REPUBLIC.
"[Kiš's] pen, often literally verging into eternity, does to his characters what nearly every known creed aspires to do to the human soul: it extends their existence, it erodes our sense of death's impenetrability." --Joseph Brodsky
"Remarkable . . . A shadow of death darkens this book, but it is a beautiful shadow and a luminescent darkness." --Josef Skvorecky, The New Republic
"This is one of the finest fantastic collections since Borges's Ficciones.
" --Brendan Lemon, The Nation
In these stories Kis depicts human relationships, encounters, landscapes- the multitude of details that make up a human life.
About the Author
(Serbian Cyrillic: Данило Киш) (February 22, 1935-October 15, 1989) was a Yugoslavian novelist, short story writer and poet who wrote in Serbo-Croatian. Kiš was influenced by Bruno Schulz, Vladimir Nabokov, Jorge Luis Borges and Ivo Andrić, among other authors. His most famous works include A Tomb for Boris Davidovich and The Encyclopedia of the Dead.
Michael Henry Heim (born January 21, 1943) is a Professor of Slavic Languages, at the University California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He received his doctorate at Harvard in 1971. He is an active and prolific translator, and is fluent in Czech, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Serbo-Croatian.
Table of Contents
The Encyclopedia of the Dead
The Legend of the Sleepers
The Mirror of the Unknown
The Story of the Master and the Disciple
To Die for One's Country Is Glorious
The Book of Kings and Fools
Red Stamps with Lenin's Picture