Directed by Aleksandar Kostic. With Predrag ‘Miki’ Manojlovic. Film is inspired from Danilo Kis’s book “A Tomb for Boris Davidovich” and historical events that. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of A Tomb for Boris Davidovich by Danilo Kiš. In seven short stories about revolutionaries, Danilo Kis explores the dark and terrible underbelly of the Revolution, its betrayals and deceits and its destruction of.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use boriz Privacy Policy. Kaul Taube is revealed to have been decided by a card game between two criminals. Jesus, that was my husk of a response after I finished this one on a rainy afternoon, still jet-lagged from a honeymoon of sorts in London and back in Indiana, one foaming with the necessity of quickly organizing most aspects of my life.

If humans are to rid themselves of the disease of senseless violence there are sobering little volumes like this that must slit and drain the tumors of dogmatism.

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There is, however, no avoiding the mood of almost every moment, of almost every story, which a deep foreboding; an all pervasive, and entirely justified paranoia. For me, it is this kind of thing that distinguishes great short story writers from ordinary or average ones. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Numerous papers have been published on this topic since; ina book “Lazni car Scepan Kis” by Nebojsa Vasovic again takes a fresh new look on the controversy.

View all 10 comments. Want to Read saving…. Mar 09, Nathan “N. One odd thing in my reaction to the stories, for me, is that the title story “A Tomb for Boris Davidovich” was perhaps the story that least affected me, perhaps because it has more of a grand mythical “hero” those are ironic quotes at its center.


Austere though the writing is, and disturbing though much of what is recounted may be, there are some beautiful passages of descriptive writing. As a comment on the politically motivated slaughters of the 20th century, this book is important; as a work of art of dazzling prose and historical investigation one of those books where fiction and fact are inseparablethis book is important; as a portrait of the cool cruelty to which lives are subjected and destroyed in the name of an ideology, this book is important; as a plaintive dirge to the necessity of free thought and its near-impossibility when confronted by the stark power of enforced, militarized conformitythis book is important.

The calm tone and often unexpected unfolding of these life-stories in such a short space make them intriguing reads, and there’s some power though also considerable frustration in the description of the characters’ always tragic fates.

A tomb for Boris Davidovich : a novel

The idea behind this was to eliminate dangerous people; these men [and women] had already proved that they were capable of working to remove a sovereign, and so it makes sense that Stalin would fear or mistrust them.

Parallel to this but set in medieval Provence, “Dogs and Books” tells the davidovifh of the Jew Baruch David Neumann, converted under duress to Christianity and facing the Inquisition when he recants.

It is impossible to stop anywhere in that passage because it is so goris, and so well translated by Duska Mikic-Mitchell. A Tomb for Boris Davidovich is more intellectual than visceral, but is all the more searing for its understatement.

Secondly, if someone kills in your name, how responsible are you? Be the first to ask a question about A Tomb for Boris Davidovich. He remains a medical phenomenon in Russian literature: The books are insidious.

Oct 28, Monica Carter rated it it was amazing. Jul 23, Simona rated it it was amazing Shelves: Yet, despite all the suffering we encounter in this book the author is still able to say that “despite everything, the temporary suffering of existence is worth more than the final void of nothingness”. This can be the case even when he is at his gloomiest. Everywhere versions of ‘truth’ are in conflict and the individual must always accept that their ‘truth’ is of no importance – may, in fact the basis for a death sentence – if it conflicts with the greater ‘truth’ of those with power.


I think I need a hug before I can stew on this text. A remarkable, and marvellous, conclusion to arrive at.

Aug 24, Jesse rated it it was amazing. Jun 13, Hadrian rated it it was amazing Shelves: The cruelest of ironies can come to the romb so, for example, in the story ‘The Magic Card Dealing’, Dr Taube – the man who is central to the story – is in a prison camp, but must operate on a man who once tortured him but who is now, himself, a prisoner.

Set against a common background of prisons and labor camps and interrogations, in and around the Russian Revolution and Stalin’s purges, the stories describe protagonists crushed by totalitarian “justice”, sometimes blindly and sometimes with malice, and forced to betray themselves and others.

We would tomv want to say no, and yet one would have to bear in mind that tomv people would, in all likelihood, be killed anyway. Novsky, which is only one of many aliases used by Boris Davidovich.

View all 4 comments. Brilliant forward by Joseph Brodsky?

tobm Miksha in “The Knife With the Rosewood Handle” is a Jewish tailor’s apprentice turned revolutionary, but his commitment ravidovich cruelty lead him only to a sordid crime and death in prison. What brings these books together is that they’re not histrionic. I’ve noticed that for whatever reason when people happen to speak of Modern Serbian literature the usually discussed ‘classics’ are typically titles such as: They all can be opaque with regards to authorial intent.