Encyclopedia of the Dead

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Northwestern University Press
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5.18 X 7.86 X 0.7 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

DANILO KIS (Serbian Cyrillic: Данило Киш) (1935-1989) was a Yugoslavian novelist, short story writer and poet who wrote in Serbo-Croatian. Kis was influenced by Bruno Schulz, Vladimir Nabokov, Jorge Luis Borges and Ivo Andric, among other authors. His most famous works include A Tomb for Boris Davidovich and The Encyclopedia of the Dead.

MICHAEL HENRY HEIM (1943-2012) was a Professor of Slavic Languages, at the University California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He received his doctorate at Harvard in 1971. He is an active and prolific translator, and is fluent in Czech, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Serbo-Croatian.


"Remarkable . . . A shadow of death darkens this book, but it is a beautiful shadow and a luminescent darkness." --Josef Skvorecky, The New Republic
"This is one of the finest fantastic collections since Borges's Ficciones." --Brendan Lemon, The Nation
"... the [title] story is one of the most moving I have ever read, a testament to both the power and the weakness of literature and human memory; it's both an elegy and a howl of impotence, resonating in more dimensions than the two of the printed page." --The Guardian

"[Kis's] pen, often literally verging into eternity, does to his characters what nearly every known creed aspires to do to the human soul: it extends their existence, it erodes our sense of death's impenetrability." --Joseph Brodsky