Written in two versions, male and female both available in Vintage International , which are identical save for seventeen crucial lines, Dictionary is the imaginary book of knowledge of the Khazars, a people who flourished somewhere beyond Transylvania between the seventh and ninth centuries. It’s quite an intriguing way to write a book and it would have worked for me if it wasn’t for the fact that the three books themselves were so unremittingly bizarre. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Views Read Edit View history. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Anica rated it did not like it Jul 11,

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A French critic said, ‘We are all Khazars in the age of nuclear threat and poisoned environment. I liked the idea of a book about the Khazars. The book comes in two different editions, one “male” and one “female”, which differ in only a critical passage in a single paragraph. I’m pretty fond of “conventional narrative and plot,” actually. Maria rated it did not like it Jun 18, Pavic has taken the legends of the Khazars and created a male and female version of his encyclopedia I read the female.

Does it contain any elements that might be lost in the conversion particular line formatting, color, high-resolution pictures, etc. There are three historical timeframes represented, the 9th century, the 17th century, and current day. Published by Dereta first published I hazarski recnik milorad pavic it to page I like my weirdness in controlled doses, hazarski recnik milorad pavic it gets too much I find my enjoyment slipping and this whole book was an exercise in jumping the shark at fairly much every opportunity.


The Khazars were a real people about which very little is known. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Some fine writing but the content was too obscure. Rubiao rated it did not like it Mar 23, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A blurb on the back cover compares Pavic to Borges yep and with Garcia Marquez nope ; as with Borges, the reader has to be prepared to walk away from the book with very little understanding; this is no Garcia Marguez – he can tell a ripping good story!

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Dictionary of the Khazars by Pavich

Aglaja Ivanovna rated it did not like it Mar 12, To the best of my knowledge they differ in only one crucial “present day” entry. This book is tedious The novel takes the form of three hazarski recnik milorad pavic mini- encyclopediassometimes contradicting each other, each compiled from the sources of one of the rdcnik Abrahamic religions ChristianityIslamand Judaism.

What then follows is a book in three parts well 4 I guess including the final bit which can be read either straight through, or, rather more interestingly, rather like a dictionary. Vints rated it did not like it Oct 18, I liked the idea of a book that presents three vastly hazarski recnik milorad pavic viewpoints of the same thing. And for this reader, it was clear from the beginning that hzaarski was no novel, that there was no plot and no dialog, that the meanderings would continue recbik page to page, that no truths would be discovered about what happened to the Khazars.


Kate rated it did not like it Jun 16, This is metafiction, which some people contend is the next gimic in fiction. David Casperson This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [They are different.

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Erika rated it did not like it Feb 18, Our thoughts are jealous and they constantly blank out the thoughts of others, for there is not room enough in us for two scents at one time. So my rating is 1 star for my enjoyment.

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