Directed by Aleksandar Kostic. With Predrag ‘Miki’ Manojlovic. Film is inspired from Danilo Kis’s book “A Tomb for Boris Davidovich” and historical events that. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of A Tomb for Boris Davidovich by Danilo Kiš. In seven short stories about revolutionaries, Danilo Kis explores the dark and terrible underbelly of the Revolution, its betrayals and deceits and its destruction of.

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Miksha is a Jewish tailor’s apprentice turned revolutionary whose commitment and cruelty lead him to commit a sordid murder and die in prison.

It is impossible to stop anywhere in that passage because it is so complete, and so well translated by Duska Mikic-Mitchell. Kis himself was persecuted by the Yugoslavian literary machine when this was first published in in his own country.

Add the first question. Share this Rating Title: Arrested on January 31, I won’t bother with the details now. Tmob lyricism here, except for brief violent spurts; mostly just bone-dry irony, and when it comes to describing the slow march of Stalinism through the consciousness of Eastern Europe and beyond bone-dry irony is probably the preferred mode.

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A tomb for Boris Davidovich : a novel

This novel deserves to be read for it’s political and historical importance and understood for the suffering that it thinly veils. Several of the stories are written as fictional biographies wherein the main characters interact with historical figures. Trying to meet fo your book preview and review needs. The calm tone and often unexpected unfolding of these life-stories in such a short space make them intriguing reads, and there’s some power though also considerable frustration in the description of the characters’ always tragic fates.


He was exploited by the bourgeoisie, and made to kill their lambs, and exploited by the Communists, and made to kill Hanna. And they will find your breaking point.

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Although the stories Kis tells are based on historical events, the beauty and precision of his prose elevates these ostensibly true stories into works of literary art that transcend the politics of their time.

I told them not to rip them apart, for many books are not dangerous, only one is dangerous; I told them not to tear them apart, for the reading of many books brings wisdom, and the readin “Those books were bound in leather, marked with numbers, and written by learned men; in them, had they wanted to read them, they could have found thousands of reasons why they should have killed me at once, and in them, had they wanted to read them, they could also have found the balm and cure for their hatred.

Politics are difficult to mix into short stories because so much of history needs to be already understood or explained in a small amount of space that it cannot always give the proper perspective of the character. Minimo massimo comune denominatore: May 04, Sam rated it really liked it.

But then again, this is the mid-twentieth century in Eastern Europe. Open Preview See a Problem? I often ask myself why I am drawn to books about the Russian Revolution and what followed it [specifically Stalinism]. They get into you.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Moreover, it forces Novsky to weigh up whether allowing people to die for him will ruin his reputation, will taint his biography, more than confessing would.

A Tomb for Boris Davidovich

There are so many similarities between them that it would be a challenge to catalogue them all The metafictional awareness that awakens in the last dozen pages where Kis transposes Boris Davidovich Novsky into Baruch David Neumann [written by a certain Darmolatov?

Petersburg; higher education; no party affiliation; engineer of the Mosenergo company; lived in Moscow. De esos libros que duelen por lo que te cuentan de ti mismo, aunque parezcan estar contando algo que es lejano y ajeno.

Novsky wants his life to have meant something, and so it is paramount that his story not be sullied by lies, or be re-imagined or reframed; as a revolutionary, a patriotic Russian, he does not want to become [for in confessing he would become] an enemy of the State.

I read this even though I will never be davdovich of the cool kids.

A collection of seven sparse tales about the dark comedies of life in the Comintern, and how revolutions devour their own children, as Saturn did.

Paperbackpages. They have some real horror in them, but they don’t emote for the reader.