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The seven stories in The Lute and the Scars are gems of compressed Kis, and despite the sense that a fewremained unfinished at the writer's death, they rarely feel like the abandoned scraps or undeveloped ideas rescued from the files of a departed author. Their themes are varied, though several center on the fate of writers obscure or otherwise—a quality he shares with another writer, Roberto Bolano, whose oeuvre, short life, and flamboyant reception in the States mirror those of Kis's. —Eric Banks

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Danilo Kis was one of Serbia's most influential writers and the author of several novels and short-story collections, including A Tomb for Boris Davidovich, The Encyclopedia of the Dead, and Hourglass. In 1980 Kis was awarded the Grand Aigle d'Or from the city of Nice. He died in 1989 at the age of 54.

John K. Cox is professor of history and department head at North Dakota State University. His translations include fiction by Ismail Kadare, Ivan Ivanji, Ivo Andrić, and Meša Selimović. His own books include The History of Serbia and Slovenia: Evolving Loyalties, as well as the forthcoming Understanding Ismail Kadare.
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Product Details

  • Series: Serbian Literature
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564787354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564787354
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,973,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophile on September 30, 2012
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The best short fiction sticks with the reader, and several of the pieces in The Lute and the Scars do exactly that. The best are the stories that, we are told, are creative non-fictions about writers scarred by the Holocaust or trapped by Communism--the voice is both eerie and suspenseful.
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