Snippets of Serbian literature 5

November 23, 2017

 One is on their right path as long as you go in the direction  their fear  grows

 

Wretched and miserable are those who have held in high esteem the book they did not love and hated those they did

 

Houses are much like books: so many of them around you, yet one only looks at a few and visit or reside in ever fewer 

 

And so, when I began reading the offered pages, I at one moment lost my train of thought in the text and drowned it in my own sentiments. In these moments of absence and self-oblivion, centuries passed with every read but the line that failed to be comprehended and fully grasped, and when, after a few moments, I came round and re-established close contact with the text, I knew that the reader who returns from the open seas of his feelings is no longer the same reader who embarked on that seafaring journey only a short while ago

 

While we read, it is not incumbent upon us to absorb all that is written. Our thoughts are full of envy, continually blanking out the thoughts of others, for there is not enough room in us for two whiffs at one time

 

Heart is spaceless, the soul is timeless

Dreams never age. They are eternal. They are the only eternal part of mankind.

Love is like a caged bird. If you don’t feed it every day, it dies.

 

 

Milorad Pavic, an erudite Serbian writer, a university professor,  a literary historian, and member of the Serbian Academy of Science and Arts (1991-2009), was born on 15 October 1929 in Belgrade and died. In his internet-based autobiographical sketch, Pavić himself declared that he was born on “the banks of one of the four rivers of Paradise, at 8:30 in the morning, under the sign of Libra (ascendant Scorpio), or, according to the Aztec horoscope, the Snake.” As a fiction writer, he was literally unknown until 1984 when Dictionary of the Khazars: A Lexicon Novel in 100,000 Words brought him an instant worldwide recognition. Even before, he has always entertained the idea of being “a writer for two hundred years now” because, as he said, “long ago, in 1766, an ancestor Pavić published a collection of poems in the city of Budim [Buda] and we have considered ourselves a family of writers ever since. ”Pavić received his degrees from the University of Belgrade and University of Zagreb, taught philosophy at the University of Novi Sad and at his former alma mater in Belgrade, he held classes at Sorbonne in Paris, at the University of Vienna and in Freiburg and Regensburg as well. Whilst writing extensively, he also translated works by Pushkin, Byron, Shelley, Villon and Molière and was nominated for Nobel Prize in Literature a number of times. His works have been translated into more than 30 languages and are now published all over the world.

 

Source: http://www.khazars.com/en/

 

translation support by www.angloland.rs

 

Want to learn Serbian for foreigners with angloland? Take our Serbian boost all year round courses, winter or summer courses.

 

 

Please reload

Featured Posts

When to visit Serbia?

March 19, 2018

1/6
Please reload

Recent Posts

January 19, 2019

March 19, 2018

Please reload

Follow Us
  • Facebook App Icon
  • Instagram
  • Google+ App Icon
  • Email icon

Please, make your reservation at least 24h in advance for day tours and 48h in advance for the multi-day tours so we can arrange it for the best experience! We usually reply within 12 hours.

© 2019 Tours From Belgrade  

 

  • Money-back guarantee
  • Prices from 10€
  • Avoid sightseeing en masse
  • Make the most of your time
  • Choose your own itinerary
  • Private guide, van/car, driver