Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Pavič, Milorad

(1929-2009) Serbo-Croat writer who came to world attention with Hazarski recnik (1988 in French trans; trans Christina Pribicevic-Zoric from the Serbo-Croat as Dictionary of the Khazars: A Lexicon Novel in 100,000 Words 1988 US), an elaborately playful mock-history of the Imaginary Land of the Khazars, located somewhere among Turkey, Russia and the Slavic countries to the west; the novel is famous in part for being published in two editions, a "male" and a "female" version, which differ on only one page. At intervals there are hints that Khazar history has underwritten world history, but without follow-through. Predeo Slikan Cajem (1990; trans Christina Pribicevic-Zoric as Landscape Painted with Tea 1990 US) slips into playful Surrealism in its textually foregrounded, Postmodernist rendition of a man's search for secrets his father left at Mount Athos in Greece; whiffs of the Fantasy of History linger here as well. And Unustrsnja strana vetra, ili, Roman o Heri i Leandru (1991; trans Christina Pribicevic-Zoric as The Inner Side of the Wind, or The Novel of Hero and Leander 1993 US) – a text whose two versions are printed dos-a-dos so that both read towards the centre where the two lovers finally meet – tells the Hero and Leander tale in Twice-Told fashion through the stories of a couple who respectively hail from the 18th and 20th centuries. [JC]

Milorad PaviČ

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