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Derviš i smrt summary Derviš i smrt, series Derviš i smrt, book Derviš i smrt, pdf Derviš i smrt, Derviš i smrt de3b043a26 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 St 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 Years For An English Translation To Appear Danny Yee Edited


10 thoughts on “Derviš i smrt

  1. says:

    Imagine a bag of candy with 455 pieces of the most delicious pieces of candy inside Each is so delicate and mouth watering that you feel the need to expand the joy to as many minutes as possible, and it sweetens the soul, just like it does the tongue.This is basically what this book was like to me It s not an easy read and thank God for that , but it s great literature Such great literature.The book written 1962 66 and a classic in Yugoslav literature is set in Sarajevo under Ottoman rule 18th century and has often been compared to The Trial by Franz Kafka, which is quite obvious when you think of the plot man vs system I would, personally, describe it as a combination of both The Trial and Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, based on the fact that the protagonist has long conversations with himself, mostly on doubt and indecisiveness It s so riveting.The book is incredibly slow in its storyteling, so if you haven t got the patience or attention span for that, I pity you and think you should read something else Maybe a magazine, or the subtitles to a Hollywood action movie.


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    Guilt, law, justice I ve already read two grand books about law, justice and guilt The Trial by Franz Kafka and Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov and Death and the Dervish by Me a Selimovi surely belongs in this fine row of masterpieces.The hero wants to pass his time in prayers and the passive contemplation of divinity and the world but to live is to take sides, and taking sides is dangerous I do not yet know what will be written here But in the strokes of these letters at least some of what was in me will remain, no longer to perish in eddies of mist as if it had never been, or as if I had never known what happened In this way I will come to see how I became what I am this self that is a mystery even to me And yet it is a mystery to me that I have not always been what I am now I know these lines are muddled my hand trembles at the task of disentanglement that I face, at the trial I now commence Here I am everything judge, witness, and accused.Everything that happens is ambiguous and ambivalent Justice belongs to those who wield power Culprits are those whom the endued with power name guilty If you don t think blackly, things can get blacker Nothing depends on you It doesn t help to be either brave or cowardly, neither to curse nor to weep nothing can help you So sit and wait for your lot, and it s already black since you re here That s what I think if you re not guilty, then it s their mistake If you are guilty, then it s your mistake If you re innocent, then misfortune has struck you, as if you ve fallen into a deep whirlpool And if you re not innocent, you ve earned it, nothing And the moral is the most ambiguous of all things There are plenty levels of morality for everyone Moral is layered like onion skin They dreamed of rulers who were good, but who was that As far as he was concerned, he dreamed of bribable ones, he liked them the most because there was a way to them Worst are the honest ones, who need nothing, who have no human weaknesses, and know only about some higher law, which is almost incomprehensible to ordinary men No one can do evil than they can They create enough hatred to last for a hundred years.But he who walks the path of moral compromises inevitably turns into an instrument of evil.


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    Real Rating 3.5 of fiveAn intense read Beautiful translated words confronting and comforting the human fear of love by the means of examining the easier to grasp fear of death.I ve chosen some favorite phrases and liked them from the quotes They appear below the review I think the patience required to read a footnoted and glossary d read won t allow its subtleties and tremendous pleasures to spread widely among US English speaking readers.Make no mistake Ahmed Nuruddin is you, reader, a man whose loves and One True Love don t mark him out from the herd but place him in the center of it He doesn t do a single thing that any one of us couldn t do, be it generous or cowardly or divinely inspired It is simply that we wouldn t tread in his footsteps, wouldn t elect to give ourselves to an ideal in a world without respect for them.I give the book a paltry rating, based on those comments I found it necessary to break my reading into smaller bites than I would have liked to do The feast is so rich, satisfying my word lust in such short order, that I ended up feeling disconnected by the enforced consumption of many amuse bouche reads between this book s courses.I suspect many readers will be defeated by that very need This is a book that, due to its own delights, ends up unfinished, bookmark poking the piles of paperbacks athwart its spine, a guilty glance sliding past it as the New Year s Resolution cry I WILL FINISH THIS SHELF rings its falsely sincere echoes into our shared shame.


  4. says:

    There s only one word I can use for this book MASTERPIECE


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    ENGLISH People despise everyone who succeeds and hate the ones who surpass them Get used to scorn if you want peace and hate if you agree to fight BOSNIAN Ljudi preziru sve one koji ne uspiju, a mrze one koji se uspnu iznad njih Navikni se na prezir ako elis mir, ili na mr nju ako pristane na borbu _________________________I read this book back in high school and it was a school assignment The writer of this book is from the city where I went to school Our teacher urged us to read this book, not because it was a school assignment She said this book makes you think And I read it and it was beautiful, beyond beautiful._________________________ ENGLISH Thousand times you regret what you have said, rarely what you have not BOSNIAN Hiljadu puta se pokaje za ono to ka e , rijetko za ono to pre uti _________________________The writing style is complicated and not easy to read But these quotations show you what a masterpiece this book is I wish this book was appreciated in the world It is full of wisdom I want to find an english version of this book Sadly, this author is not well known outside the ex Yugoslavian countries.__________________________ ENGLISH Lonely, in between the graves, I forgot hate It came back when I approached people BOSNIAN Usamljen me u grobovima, zaboravio sam na mr nju Vratila mi se kad sam pri ao ljudima ___________________________ VERY IMPORTANT NOTE I translated the quotations from Bosnian to English myself Sorry for all the mistakes that I made.


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    This book is a huge favorite of mine and I m quite surprised that I haven t written about it yet.But I m here now to correct that and to pay homage to this unprecedented masterpiece of, I dare to say, world literature.When I first came across this book, I was frankly very, very, unimaginably young and even so immature But, even at that period in my life, I din t fail to recognize that this novel is like a rare diamond that not many people are allowed to discover,understand and accept.Not knowing where to start,and afraid I maybe won t transfer what lies in the depths of the wisdom that this book brings and gives, I would like to say what the novel is about in a couple of unpretentious sentences Basically, it is a quest for Justice, but the quest is doomed to fail at its very beginning The quest is taken by a man who is not your ordinary man, but a person who lives under very strict rules of moral and divine providence, and he can never escape from what he is.He is searching for a way to free his brother who is trapped in a tower because of some political offence he did Little does the hero know that the verdict has been reached in advance, and that there is no way out not only for his lost brother, but, even so, for him The novel is written in the I form , and the author is very skilled in connecting, contrasting, explaining and hiding his feelings through his writing, and the reader doesn t fail to utterly connect with the authors dilemmas and his enormous sadness and pain The book speaks not only of Justice, or the nonexistence of the latter, but also of Life and Love and People and Man, and Truth and Lie, and it goes on ad infinitum.It always seemed to me that the author writes his thoughts and makes them into sentences with such ease and fluency, and I read this text with awe even today, nearly ten years after reading it for the first time as a very silly girl To this day, when I m feeling perplexed about life and my existence and all those, to quote the Pythons, meaning of life questions, I just read a couple of sentences from here, and I immediately feel my confusion fading.I m grateful for that, and i think that this is definitely a must read novel Start today


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    All we try to do in life is have a congruent and balanced view about the world, people and what s happening around us And we try to protect our safe zone often ignoring and dismissing the things that not fit in our congruent view about the life We believe in that we live in a just world, suffering people suffer because they must have done something to deserve this And, what happens if our congruent world attacks us from behind and then we become the object of injustice Can we manage to protect our congruent and balanced view In this thought provoking book, Selimovic questions our rigid beliefs about world, justice, relationships and what s happening around us basing on Ahmed Nuruddin s A Mevlevi Dervish formerly living in his world established on absolute truths story and portrays his moral dilemmas strikingly.


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    My closest Bosnian friend gave this to me after I d read Ivo Andric s Bridge on the Drina This is not as accessible a book as Andric s masterpiece Drawing a comparison, Andric is Tolstoy while Selimovi is Dostoevsky While Andric gives you everything you need to know to appreciate his book, Selimovi presupposes the reader knows enough to fill in the background.


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    After lots of thought I was going to rate this book either one star or five stars I chose to give it the five stars and to rate myself with one, for not being able to understand ANYTHING going on in it I totally failed me, cause even I can see that this is a world masterpiece and truly about subjects that interest me immensly the Balkans, history, religion, inner turmoils, being ethical when everyone around you isn t, moral dilemmas that break a person But my God, its writing style filled with endless dense internal monologues was soooo heavy that the book ended up being totally incomprehensible to me yet I read it all Maybe in ten years I ll give it, me, another chance.


  10. says:

    Another classic Yugoslav novel, by former Partisan and Bosnian Muslim Selimovi This book explores many of the same themes as his next novel, also a classic, Tvr ava Set in the Middle Ages, the novel dissects and exposes the nature of totalitarian regimes A former fighter, become a priest, is drawn against his will into the political intrigues of the Ottoman Balkans when his brother is arrested for speaking out against injustice Hamlet like, the other wordly priest finds himself obliged to act, and casting off his pious innocence finds himself stooping to the level of his enemies in order to confound them This he succeeds in doing in spectacular fashion only to discover that he is now in a trap of his own making For those who rise in the hierarchy of totalitarian regimes end up as victims themselves, and what they thought was their route to freedom only results in ever slavery to a ruthless and inhuman system that inexorably dehumanises and ultimately destroys its proponents A must read for anyone with an interest in communism, and the Balkans.


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