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12 Collections & the Teashop
What lies behind the human urge to collect things? What is the true psychology of the kleptomaniac? These questions bear on all of us; within every person there lurks a fanatical philatelist or a monomaniacal lepidopterist, just waiting to burst forth. In his new story cycle, Twelve Collections, Zoran Zivkovic, the master of mind-bending surreal fantasy, applies his ...more
Hardcover, 107 pages
Published by PS Publishing
(first published 2005)
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These are delicious little morsels of short stories: twelve stories of twelve collectors, each one a reflection on the human desire to defeat chaos, to impose an artificial order in a vain attempt to defeat entropy. I loved the surreal flavor of these tales. The Teashop is another short story that completes this collection, and it's also a wonderful tale that spins out and then back on itself in an unexpected way. These stories, originally written in Serbian, are definitely good reads in their ...more
A beautiful short story suite and one extra story. The humor is sharper, the images more confident then some of the author’s other excellent work. The suite is one the theme of collectors and their collections and the tone is whimsy turning to menace at the drop of a hat. Worth seeking out. The Moorcock intro is more of an essay on fabulism versus naturalism in fiction, which is quite intriguing in itself.
With a Kafkaesque flourish, the macabre, surreal and downright strange are presented as the perfectly ordinary in these twelve curious if slightly disturbing stories. As if in a film, colour links the separate narratives as we peer into the minutae of obsessive minds.
Zoran Živković was born in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia, in 1948. In 1973 he graduated from the Department of General Literature with the theory of literature, Faculty of Philology of the University of Belgrade; he received his master's degree in 1979 and his doctorate in 1982 from the same school. He lives in Belgrade, Serbia, with his wife Mia, who is French, and their twin sons Uroš and Andreja. ...moreMore about Zoran Živković...