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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 63 | volume XI | November-December, 2008



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Blesok no. 63November-December, 2008
Reviews

Getting Woven In the Knitted Threads

Reading "Ešerove petlje" by Zoran Živković, Belgrade: Geopoetika, 2008


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Ana Stojanoska

I have impatiently waited for the new novel of one of my favorite authors Zoran Živković. My intuition (?) told me that it would be something new and unusual. I had the chance to read a small part of it, and the title I had known from before promised a good journey. Maurice Cornelius Escher for those who know him as such is one of the graphic designers, artists who merge the world of magic and imaginary in the black and white, thus directly influencing my consumption of art in general. His impossible structures, as they call them, are an excellent background for creation. Taking his graphics as inspiration, as a scheme on which he would build the structure of his new novel, Zoran Živković directly builds on his personal poetics. If game and riddles had been the basis of his literary matrix before, now he entered an even more mysterious part, where the riddles are interwoven as a fine texture of a precious material. Directly quoting the source of the construction in the title of his novel, at the same time, as any skilful master, luring us in several directions, Živković gives us an unusual opportunity to contribute to the creation of the novel ourselves, in the possibility to untie the threads ourselves or entwine them even more.
    The four large threads are woven on more than three hundred pages, each with its own characters who, not by accident, are characters from the previous thread, characters and events that had been mentioned and are interconnected. In the first thread the connection is via an unusual memory, so where one starts, the second continues, the latter being part of the third and so on until it comes back to the first one, and in the second there is telling of stories which are also connected, each story being a story within a story, and so on until the next thread. The third thread is directly connected with suicides, more specifically the stories on suicides and the old lady in green, who, together with the gentleman in white would be the key to resolving the riddle, which would be hinted in the fourth thread, fully led by dreams. Taking into consideration all of these four elements – memory, stories, suicides, dreams, and the characters of the lady in green and the gentleman in white, we have the opportunity to only start






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