Milorad Pavic

Esteemed Readers, some of you already know that my favourite writer is the Serbian post-modern genius Milorad Pavic (1929-2009). Finally I launch the year of his writings in my blog. I hope you will be curious to learn about this amazing Serbian gem of the 20th century literature.

Milorad Pavic was born in Belgrade October 15, 1929 in a rather intellectual family. Many of his ancestors were writers. That period Belgrade was the capital of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, so the writer was born as a Royal subject & perished in a free democratic country torn apart by the NATO in hot 90s. He graduated with the bachelor degree in literature (the University of Belgrade) & later obtained a PhD in history of literature (the University of Zagreb). Besides he was a professor at the Department of Philosophy in the University of Novij Sad. (1977-1990).

First writings of his were published in 1970s. They were sets of poems Palimpsests (1969) & Moon Stone (1971). As well he started writing short stories, however due to particular style & plot they were not welcomed for publishing. The Dictionary of the Khazars (1984), – it took Pavic seventeen years to complete it, – became his first serious success & the break through in the publishing world. This book alike the rest of his works is unique. It is written in a form of a dictionary as non-linear text & offers readers an opportunity to play with the story, to make their own reading.

His second & my favourite novel The Landscape Painted with Tea (1988) was made as a crossword puzzle. In fact, you won’t find any book written by this genius writer made in an ordinary manner. As well as you will hardly discover ordinary thoughts or style as Milorad Pavic was a talented aforism maker. Here are some ones translated:

“What in October seems to be March is only January”. “Each of us promenades his thought, like a monkey on a leash. When you read, you always have to such monkeys: your own and one belonging to someone else. Or, even worse, a monkey and a hyena. Now, consider what you will feed them. For a hyena does not eat the same things as a monkey…” “We get old faster from a great love than from a long unhappy life”. “Remember Constantinople in Athens. It will be one sort of Constantinople. Remember Constantinople in Rome. It will be the other sort of Constantinople”. 

Milorad Pavic was an outstanding specialist in the Serbian baroque, translator of Alexander Pushkin & Lord George Byron & many times mentioned as a potential candidate for the Nobel Prize in literature. He perished  in Belgrade in 2009.

Maria KethuProfumo

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7 Responses to Milorad Pavic

  1. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have an intelligent person such as yourself deem an author’s work her favorite? There could be no better recommendation and recognition. Thank you for sharing, Maria.

  2. myrelar says:

    “You come across a wall everywhere. A wall of weeping, a wall of silence, or a wall of stone. There’s just no wall when you need a shield back to cover you.” Milorad Pavić

  3. theburningheart says:

    Yes, Maria, remember reading him, after you recommended, to me, now maybe ten years ago, or so?
    First time I read about the Khazar, but not the last. 😊

    • kethuprofumo says:

      True, dear Mr. Brigido! Oh, Pavic is as great as the sea. He is profound alike the ocean. Every time when you plunge into his books you discover a treasure! I wish you more wonderful moments in his esteemed company. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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