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Birth Certificate
Author: Mark Thompson

ISBN: 9780801448881
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 17 January 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8 x 2.9
Description:


Danilo Kis (1935-89) was a Yugoslav novelist, essayist, poet, and translator whose work generated storms of controversy in his homeland but today holds classic status. Kis was championed by prominent literary figures around the world, including Joseph Brodsky, Susan Sontag, Milan Kundera, Philip Roth, Nadine Gordimer, and Salman Rushdie. As more of his works become available in translation, they are prized by an international readership drawn to Kis's innovative brilliance as a storyteller and to his profound meditation on history, culture, and the human condition at the end of the twentieth century.

A subtle analysis of a rich and varied body of writing, Birth Certificate is also a careful and sensitive telling of a life that experienced some of the last century's greatest cruelties. Kis's father was a Hungarian Jew, his mother a Montenegrin of Orthodox faith. The father disappeared into the Holocaust and the son-cosmopolitan, anticommunist, and passionately opposed to the myth-drenched nationalisms of his native lands-grew up chafing against the hypocrisies of Titoism. His writing broke with the epic mode, pioneered modernist te...

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