The Lute and the Scars by Danilo Kis
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Kiš tells the stories beneath the statistics...his project served both to recover the lost and dead but also to draw attention to the agents of recovery, the archivists and anecdotalists, chroniclers and raconteurs.
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Written between 1980 and 1986, the six stories that constitute "The Lute and the Scars" (as well as an untitled piece by the author, included here as "A and B") were transcribed from the manuscripts left by Danilo Kiš following his death in 1989. Like the title story, many of these texts are autobiographical. Others resurrect protagonists belonging to Kiš's fellow Central European novelists, allowing readers to identify, perhaps, depending on the level of obfuscation, fantasy, and historical accuracy, figures dreamed up by ?d?n von Horv?th and Endre Ady ("The Stateless"), by the Yugoslavian Nobel laureate Ivo Andric ("Debt"), and by Piotr Rawicz.

Against a background of oppressive regimes and political exile, readers will find that the never-ending debate between death and writing continues unabated in these stories--death as allegory or as a voluntary symbolic act, and writing as the one impregnable defense, writing as the only possible means of survival.

 

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Danilo Kis was one of Serbia's most influential writers and the author of several novels and short-story collections, including "A Tomb for Boris Davidovich, The Encyclopedia of the Dead", and "Hourglass". In 1980 Kis was awarded the Grand Aigle d'Or from the city of Nice. He died in 1989 at the age of 54.Danilo Kis was one of Serbia's most influential writers and the author of several novels and short-story collections, including "A Tomb for Boris Davidovich, The Encyclopedia of the Dead", and "Hourglass". In 1980 Kis was awarded the Grand Aigle d'Or from the city of Nice. He died in 1989 at the age of 54.Adam Thirlwell was born in London in 1978. He is the author of two novels, Politics and The Escape, and a book on the international art of the novel, which won a Somerset Maugham Award. In 2003, he was chosen by Granta magazine as one of the Best Young British Novelists. His work is translated into 30 languages.
 
Published August 21, 2012 by Dalkey Archive Press. 137 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by Leo Robson on Dec 14 2012

Kiš tells the stories beneath the statistics...his project served both to recover the lost and dead but also to draw attention to the agents of recovery, the archivists and anecdotalists, chroniclers and raconteurs.

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Reviewed by David Cooper on Aug 21 2012

The seven works in The Lute and the Scars date from 1980 to 1986. In four of the stories a central character dies, and while the stories are sad they are also touching and entertaining.

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