Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavic (1984 Serbia)

Written in two versions, male and female, which are identical save for seventeen crucial lines, the Dictionary is the imaginary book of knowledge of the Khazars, a people who flourished somewhere beyond Transylvania between the seventh and ninth centuries. Eschewing conventional narrative and plot, this lexicon novel combines the dictionaries of the world's three major religions with entries that leap between past and future, featuring three unruly wise men, a book printed in poison ink, suicide by mirrors, a chimerical princess, a sect of priests who can infiltrate one's dreams, romances between the living and the dead, and much more. 

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  • Noelle M.

    So sorry I missed another one! I hope to be back on track for the next book.

    July 21

  • SVS

    I enjoyed our discussion today, and here is the blog post I wrote about the book!
    https://thewomenofletters.wordpress.com
    Sonja

    July 20

  • Janet K.

    So sorry to be out of town for this one - it sounds like it will be a great discussion. See you next month.

    July 15

  • Rebecca

    The book is very entertaining. No idea what it means most of the time, but that's part of its charm. Looking forward to hearing what others think about it.

    July 14

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think this book is far more absurd than l'etranger. What is up with the salt fetish?

      1 · July 15

  • Ann T

    So sorry, but out of town this weekend.

    July 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I know nothing about the book but I find that part of the world very interesting.

    June 21, 2014

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