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In self-exile in Canada after the collapse of Yugoslavia and his mother's death, the narrator of Bait is listening to a series of tapes he recorded of his mother years before. As her story is told, he reflects on her life and their relationship, attempting to come to terms with his Jewishness and his own new life in a foreign culture.
Paperback, 117 pages
Published June 20th 2001 by Northwestern University Press (first published 1996)
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Read this novel to learn about the art of writing, of heartache, of alienation and exile. A perfect little gem.
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1) The novel you write will be more about you writing the novel than it is about whatever the novel is about. Even though you may put yourself, as the writer, in the 3rd person, this is “metafiction” taken to extremes.
2) You will write the novel without divisions for chapters, subchapters, or paragraphs. It will thus be one long rambling thought, as if delivered without taking a breath.
3) Continually state that you don’t know how to write, that if you knew how to writ...more
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The ode to language, emotion, presence, life, death, exile and new beginning. A real piece of art.
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David Albahari (born 1948 in Peć, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian writer of Jewish origin from Kosovo, residing in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Albahari writes mainly novels and short stories. He is also an established translator from English into Serbian. He is a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He graduated from the University of Belgrade.[1:]

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