For once, the acclaim for a book from the "other Europe" is completely justified.
One of the tacks taken to discredit the novel was to assert that Kis had plagiarized the works of Joyce, Borges, Solzhenitsyn, and others.
Each gets swept up in the machinations that swirled around the Soviet Union's Great Terror of the 1930s.
I am tempted not to elaborate and leave that sentence stand as the entire review, but I will suppress the urge and proceed to secondary details. Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. M. Peterson
"A Tomb for Boris Davidovich" is a book that manages somehow to maintain a respectful and positive perspective on humanity whilst describing some of the worst treatment that... Read morePublished 14 months ago by keetmom
It seems like Kis wants to be some sort of slavic Borges. His stories try and cop many of Borges's themes and even to a certain extent Borgese's literary voice. Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by jafrank
Before opening this book, my understanding of it was that Kis tried to write a fictionalized account of the destruction of devoted members of the Comintern, in a style inspired by... Read morePublished on May 31, 2011 by Reader in Tokyo
Danilo Kis is someone whom I have wanted to read ever since I heard Susan Sontag share her admiration for him in an interview several years ago. Read morePublished on April 11, 2011 by A Certain Bibliophile
A TOMB FOR BORIS DAVIDOVICH explores the nightmarish lives of six characters--a tailor/butcher, an idealist, a communist party functionary, a murdered doctor, a revolutionary, and... Read morePublished on October 25, 2009 by Ethan Cooper
I have enjoyed this (and all other Danilo Kis's books) immensly.Published on March 4, 2003 by pjesa
This book of Kis' is a masterful work. The author said they are short stories but the publisher pushed it as a novel and in a way it is something between the two. Read morePublished on July 17, 2002 by Jordan A. Rothacker
Beautifully written, surprisingly nonchalant portrayal of the actual driving force behind the Russian Communist Revolution, namely an international gang of charismatic professional... Read morePublished on January 27, 2002 by E. Svetova