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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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.Read Full Review of The Lute and the Scars (Serbi... | See more reviews from Guardian
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.Read Full Review of The Lute and the Scars (Serbi... | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books