The Fourth Circle by Zoran Zivkovic

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At long last, the brilliant first novel from World Fantasy Award winning author, Zoran Živkovic is being published in English. The Fourth Circle takes the reader on an amazing journey from frescoed medieval monasteries to Buddhist temples to different planets to a paralyzed scientist's bedroom in London to the edge of black hole at the far reaches of the universe to a place not all the dissimilar from 221 B Baker Street. Živkovic’s masterful voice cradles the reader safely from one place to the next and in the end deposits the reader carefully at the singular spot in which all the storylines coincide.

The Ministry of Whimsy edition of The Fourth Circle concludes with an afterword by Živkovic about the travails of writing his first novel, translating it into English, and then finding a publisher for it. All while war in Živkovic’s native Serbia surrounded him.

"In its rich tapestry of prose and compositional skills, as well as in its imaginative leaps and intellectual sophistication, The Fourth Circle must be considered, so far, as the author's masterpiece, an acclamation that extends well beyond a mere appreciation of Živkovic's own and singular work."

“Zoran Živkovic is a subtle, intelligent, wonderfully inventive writer who brings a fresh point of view, an idiosyncratic angle of attack, to everything he produces. He is one of the finest writers currently at work in the ‘New Europe.’ Read him and celebrate.”

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Published January 1, 1994 by Polaris. 350 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Two principal story lines—one involving a Buddhist techno-whiz who creates a female computer program, the other concerned with a medieval novitiate who witnesses the mystical resurrection of a master whom he believed dead—anchor a narrative that also admits episodes in which Archimedes, Stephen H...

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This simplicity and that geometric shape carry throughout the remainder of the book as the mystery of the circle is obsessed over by a rather disparate group of characters (many of whom are well-known historical figures.) There is Rama, a feminine computer program and her creator, who lives in a...

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