THE BOOK OF BLAM by Aleksandar Tima

THE BOOK OF BLAM

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Originally published in 1972 to high praise throughout Europe, this is a superior example of the (often overpraised) Serbian novelist's brooding studies of the aftereffects of European culture in extremis. It's really an extended kaddish performed by protagonist Miroslav Blam, a survivor of the 1942 Hungarian massacre of the Jews and Serbs of Novi Sad (in what was then Yugoslavia). But Blam's unending lament is given great color and immediacy, because the ""lives"" of those (such as his parents) who died continue as vivid presences in the imaginary life he has defensively superimposed over his own waning days. A heartfelt work that haunts by virtue of its very simplicity--and probably Tima's masterpiece.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1998
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Harcourt Brace