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Book Title: Derviš i smrt|
Date of issue: 2009
ISBN 13: 9788661070181
The author of the book: Meša Selimović
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 35.94 MB
Read full description of the books Derviš i smrt:Ahmed Nuruddin is sheikh of a tekke, the head of a small religious order in an Ottoman Bosnian town. Forty, he's a settled, respected member of the community, until pushed onto a new path by successive shocks: the arrest of his brother & an encounter with a fugitive from justice. These lead him to question previous certainties & bring him into conflict with local authorities. He becomes part of the political system himself. Ill-suited to that, he comes to an unhappy end.
Death & the Dervish follows the 1st-person perspective of Nuruddin, with little dialog & much introspective soul-searching. It isn't difficult to read. Tho superficially sparse, it maintains continuous suspense. There's a fascinating array of other characters, seen thru Nuruddin's sometimes insightful, sometimes naive eyes: his fellow dervishes; his friend Hassan, the unsettled black sheep of his family, in love with a Dalmatian Christian; Hassan's father & sister; townspeople; & religious & secular officials. Nuruddin also looks back at his experiences as a soldier.
Nuruddin's angst is often philosophical, his thinking foreign, convincingly that of a Muslim religious recluse, in many ways narrow & parochial. But his quandries are universal. Death & the Dervish is an evocation of Ottoman Bosnia, of a world now past, but above all the story of an individual struggling to find himself & maintain his integrity & dignity in a hostile political landscape. (Parts were inspired by events in Selimovic's life & in modern Yugoslavian history.) Nuruddin isn't an antihero. He's a man profoundly troubled, a thinker rather than a doer, ill-equipped for the challenges he faces.
Death & the Dervish is a masterfully compelling psychological study & a spell-binding novel which approaches poetry in the intensity of its language. It's hard to believe it took 30 years for an English translation to appear.--Danny Yee (edited)
Read information about the authorMehmed "Meša" Selimović was a Yugoslav and a Bosnian writer from Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the greatest Bosnian writers of the 20th century. His most famous works deal with Bosnia and Herzegovina and the culture of the Bosniak inhabitants of the Ottoman province of Bosnia.
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