When a romantic novel is meant, as a rule, we imagine a love story with a certain happy end. And what about a novel with a romantic separation? Here is the one written by the genius of Milorad Pavic. It is called “Last Love in Constantinople” (1994).
Set as a tarot deal the novel invites us to taste pleasures of passion & bitterness of separation veiled with shots of a war, spicy scents of Orient & mystic Balcanic customs. Playing with tarot Milorad leads the story alike a destiny & it turns out that either the cards influence the novel or the last one does the cards. In fact, he is a great master of such a literary dualism. To comprehend the true drama of the novel a reader must deal the cards before reading…it creates the strongest impressions & makes “Last Love in Constantinople” sound & look very interactive.
Some inspirational quotes to run after the book😊😊😊: “Any great love makes people stupid”. “Remember Constantinople while you are in Athens. It will be one kind of the city. Remember Constantinople while you are in Rome. It will be the other kind of the city”. “If you move along with your growing fear, that’s the right path for you”. “A woman’s fate is always determined with her “yes”. A man’s fate is always determined with his “nay”.
A curious fact about my own experience with this book: I have already re-read it five times & no matter its sadness, it calls again & again. The novel is so profound that too many gems are to discover yet.