Mocking Desire by Drago Jancar
(Writings from an Unbound Europe)

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The first novel by the preeminent Slovenian author Drago Jancar to be published in English, Mocking Desire is a brilliant exploration of conflicting states of experience and comprehension.

Gregor Gradnik, a Slovenian writer, enters the sensual and seething life of New Orleans to teach a creative writing class at a university. Gregor at first acts as only an observer, yet seductive New Orleans soon draws him into a series of bizarre erotic, professional, and social relationships. A profound and entertaining work, Mocking Desire provides the English-speaking world with the perfect introduction to one of Eastern Europe's leading writers.

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Michael Biggins is a Slavic and East European studies librarian at the University of Washington Libraries in Seattle. His translations include the memoir Necropolis by Boris Pahor, the novels Northern Lights and Mocking Desire by Drago Jancar, and numerous shorter pieces from Slovenian and Russian.
Published July 22, 1998 by Northwestern University Press. 267 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As Gregor dutifully helps research his sponsor’s encyclopedic work on the subject of melancholy, his own professional and aesthetic gravity are mischievously overturned by the variously tangled lives of several acquaintances from the Queen City’s colorful lower depths, and particularly by the sed...

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Slovenian Gregor Gradnik, the hero of Jancar's spirited and spiritual first novel in English translation, is a visiting creative writing instructor at a New Orleans university, where he assists his sponsor, Professor Fred Blaumann, in an endless accumulation of data for Blaumann's never-to-be-rea...

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