Impossible Stories II

Zoran Zivkovic, Author
Zoran Zivkovic, Author , trans. from the Serbian by Alice Copple-Tosic. PS Publishing $30 (263p) ISBN 978-1-905834-30-3
Reviewed on: 07/06/2009
Release date: 00/00/0000

Zivkovic (The Writer/The Book/The Reader ) masterfully filters memory and art through absurdism in this limited edition collection. “Compartments” follows an unnamed man as he is escorted through six rooms on a train, encountering odd travelers who tell him about a mysterious muse-like woman. “Four Stories Till the End,” the pinnacle of both storytelling and strangeness, features four people, each interrupted in turn by guests who tell art-themed stories with delightful digressions on the horrible crimes prevented by circus detectives and the need for any top hotel to have a weapons factory. “Amarcord,” named for Fellini’s 1973 film, comprises 10 short stories wherein various people buy, sell and lose their memories. Two shorter pieces round out the collection, which neither has nor needs mainstream appeal; fans of Zivkovic’s unclassifiable quirkiness will quickly snap up all 500 copies. (Sept.)

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