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I warn surfers that it's not an easy read.
The novel has a very striking beginning that takes you in and from there it proceeds in a continual "whole book as one paragraph" manner.
Not for the faint of heart, but if you like a dense narrative with a fair measure of erudition you should enjoy this novel.
I don't read much contemporary fiction and I may have picked the wrong place to start. This novel, by a Serbian writer living in Canada, is a confusing mash of domestic violence,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Doctor.Generosity
I buy a lot of the $3.99 and under books amazon offers and have been more then happy with most. I was surprised when I saw this in the Amazon cheap list and on the Swarthmore list... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gerald
Strange prose, almost Finnegans Wake-like peppered with Kabbalistic symbolism (cover art is from Qabalist Robert Fludd's diagram on memory). Read morePublished 20 months ago by rareoopdvds
Leeches is the first David Albahari novel I read - I tried Gotz and Meyer a while ago but it did not hook me so I marked it for later. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Liviu C. Suciu
"Leeches" by David Albahari is a powerfully poetic and surreal work of fiction. I say "fiction" although it lies on the bedrock of the ugliest of past and recent histories. Read morePublished on June 7, 2011 by dadaamericano
It's tough to review this book because I firmly believe that it is possible to dislike a book for reasons that have nothing to do with the quality of the writing. Read morePublished on May 28, 2011 by Carol S.
Words come and words go, but tiny fragments of them stay around forever. Piles of discarded words reflect light like diamonds and we can plunge in to see what we might retrieve,... Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by Robert S. Newman
Several times throughout this wonderful novel the protagonist considers the parallels that his story shares with Borges' short story about a villainous and infinite text, "The Book... Read morePublished on May 22, 2011 by Alcee Arobin
I went through several different stages while reading this novel set in Serbia in the 1990s. It's written in a strange way, with long, curling, almost endless sentences and no... Read morePublished on May 18, 2011 by Alan A. Elsner