Death and the Dervish by Mesa Selimovic
(Writings from an Unbound Europe)

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Sheikh Nuruddin is a dervish at a Sarajevo monastery in the eighteenth century during the Turkish occupation. When his brother is arrested, he descends into the Kafkaesque world of the Turkish authorities in order to find out what has happened. As he does so, he begins to question his relations with society as a whole and, eventually, his life choices in general. Hugely successful when published in the 1960s, Death and the Dervish appears here in its first English translation.
 

About Mesa Selimovic

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Selimovic is one of the most significant writers to emerge from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was born in Sarajevo, of Muslim descent. Rakic is a visiting associate professor of Slavic literature at Indiana University.
 
Published August 14, 1996 by Northwestern University Press. 469 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Sheikh Ahmed Nurudin thereafter dedicates his life to destroying the ``government'' that took his brother from him--and in so doing sets in motion a maelstrom of deception and revenge that causes him to betray his closest friend and, ultimately, ruins his own life.

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Lauded by the publisher for its contribution to understanding ""the current crisis"" in the former Yugoslavia, this tale of moral failure takes place at some undefined point during the Ottoman occupation of Muslim Bosnia.

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