The Five Wonders of the Danube
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The Five Wonders of the Danube

Translated from the original Serbian by Alice Copple-Tosic
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

On five bridges over the Danube, five strange and remarkable tales are told: tales of the sacrifices that are made for Art. For the painter, the sculptor, the writer and the composer, creation is inextricably entwined with violence, suffering and the darkest reaches of the psyche, and the bridge to enlightenment is the hardest of all to cross. Yet through the innocence of a dog all can be redeemed, in the miraculous climax of this complex and exotic fable.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Zoran
Zivković

Zoran Živković was born in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia, in 1948. In 1973 he graduated from the Department of General Literature with the theory of literature, Faculty of Philology of the University of Belgrade; he received his master’s degree in 1979 and his doctorate in 1982 from the same school. He lives in Belgrade, Serbia, with his wife Mia, their twin sons Uroš and Andreja, their daughter-in-law Irena, and their three cats and a dog.

In 2007, Živković was made a professor in the Faculty of Philology at his alma mater, the University of Belgrade, where he now teaches Creative Writing. The author of twenty books of fiction and six books of nonfiction, Živković continues to push the boundaries of the strange and surreal. His writing belongs to the middle European fantastika tradition, and shares much in common with such masters as Mikhail Bulgakov, Franz Kafka and Stanislaw Lem.

Živković is one of the most-translated Serbian writers. At the end of 2010, sixty foreign editions of his prose had been published in twenty languages.

Zoran Živković was born in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia, in 1948. In 1973 he graduated from the Department of General Literature with the theory of literature, Faculty of Philology of the University of Belgrade; he received his master’s degree in 1979 and his doctorate in 1982 from the same school. He lives in Belgrade, Serbia, with his wife Mia, their twin sons Uroš and Andreja, their daughter-in-law Irena, and their three cats and a dog.

In 2007, Živković was made a professor in the Faculty of Philology at his alma mater, the University of Belgrade, where he now teaches Creative Writing. The author of twenty books of fiction and six books of nonfiction, Živković continues to push the boundaries of the strange and surreal. His writing belongs to the middle European fantastika tradition, and shares much in common with such masters as Mikhail Bulgakov, Franz Kafka and Stanislaw Lem.

Živković is one of the most-translated Serbian writers. At the end of 2010, sixty foreign editions of his prose had been published in twenty languages.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Alice
Copple-Tosic

Alice Copple-Tosić (1948) was born and raised in San Jose, California, and moved to Belgrade, Serbia (former Yugoslavia) in 1975. She has a master’s in French and has been translating from Serbo-Croatian into English since 1978. She taught English language and translation for fifteen years at the University of Belgrade and is currently a translation reviser at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands.

Alice Copple-Tosić (1948) was born and raised in San Jose, California, and moved to Belgrade, Serbia (former Yugoslavia) in 1975. She has a master’s in French and has been translating from Serbo-Croatian into English since 1978. She taught English language and translation for fifteen years at the University of Belgrade and is currently a translation reviser at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands.

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

In The Five Wonders of the Danube Živković constructs multiple narratives around five imaginary bridges, each spans the Danube in a different city. Each is painted a single colour: black, yellow, red, white and blue, and each is a locus of other worldly forces that can manipulate reality as experienced by humans on or near it. The novel begins with a touch of satire and ends with rush of euphoria. But its soul lies between. Here dwell darkness and tragedy, but also hope and humanity, base materials Živković moulds into some of his most moving stories.

In The Five Wonders of the Danube Živković constructs multiple narratives around five imaginary Danube bridges. The novel begins with a touch of satire and ends with rush of Euphoria. Also hope and humanity, base materials Živković moulds into some of his most moving works.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
01/02/2011
Country
Serbia
Original Language
Serbian
Publisher
Zavod
Translator
Alice Copple-Tosic
Translation
Translated from the original Serbian by Alice Copple-Tosic

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