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Chinese Letter (Eastern European Literature) (Eastern European Literature Series) [Paperback]

Svetislav Basara , Ana Lucic
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1 Jan 2005 Eastern European Literature Series
Ordered by two mysterious men to write a statement of about 100 pages, the narrator of Chinese Letter -- who's not sure of his name, but calls himself Fritz -- faithfully records the bizarre occurrences of his daily life: his absurd conversations with his mother who is abducted by slave traders, his visits to his friend who works in the hospital's autopsy room, and his sister's tumultuous marriage to the butcher's son, to name a few. Widely respected in Serbia, the term "Basarian" has been coined to refer to his unique writing style, reminiscent of the best of Samuel Beckett for its directness, existential pondering, and odd sense of humor.

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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press; 1st English Ed edition (1 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156478374X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564783745
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 14.2 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,357,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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packed with delightful language and playful prose' -Taylor Davis-Van Atta, Numero-cinq

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Svetislav Basara, born in 1953, is a major figure in Serbian and Eastern European literature. He is the author of more than twenty literary works, including novels, story collections, and essays. He has received numerous literary awards and his novel Fama o biciklistima [The Fuss about Cyclists, 1988] was proclaimed by Serbian literary critics to be one of the ten best novels of the 1980s.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 11 July 2013
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The book is often unclear. It really reads as an attempt to fake a paranoid personality, but lacks depth and the result is boring. Also, bad translation (by A. Lucic, I recall).
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wonderful work of Fritz, or someone 27 Mar 2010
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If you think Existentialism is something better left to the 20th Century, take a lesson from Basara by reading The Chinese Letter. He'll quickly teach you the joys of prowling Zeitgeist ridden hallways of the mind where the dust of imagination coats all reality. Our narrator calls himself Fritz and speculates his name could be something else. If it's the self pondering notions of the self then how does the self know the conception is correct? So it is with his reality, events happen or he imagines they happen. He's forced to write and this in part is the result of his effort. It's a wonderful read, and it has probably one of my all time favorite lines of any novel. Like a Chinese box, the work is both beautiful and puzzling. You'll see.
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