BORISLAV PEKIC 1999 PDF

He graduated from high school in in Belgrade and shortly afterwards was arrested [4] with the accusation of belonging to the secret association "Yugoslav Democratic Youth" and sentenced to fifteen years of prison. During the time in prison he conceived many of the ideas later developed in his major novels. He was released after five years and in began studying experimental psychology at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy , although he never earned a degree. It was also translated into French in , Polish in , Romanian in , Italian in , and Greek in Despite his ideological distance from the mainstream opposition movements, the new political climate further complicated his relationship with the authorities, who refused him a passport for some time.

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Click here and rate and write a review on Goodreads Summary: Anthropological tales depicting our world at different stages of development. Five stories about five civilizations, five human alternatives, which are separated by millions of years. Through the history of the Second mutant civilization, which consists of isolated and self-sufficient, mentally completely different individuals, served by robots, whose brilliant representative, an archaeologist, finds a comforting alternative to this individualistic world; in the ice of the North, on the grounds of an old Siberian concentration camp, which he, by faultless logical and scientific means, explains as an ideal concept of society.

Robots, animated biological copies of men, and the inhabitants of the Fourth civilization inherit the earth, but in view of their lifeless nature, they are completely adapted to the materialistic civilization, against which the lifegiving environment has fought in vain. Only the humane history repeats itself. All forms of human existence that our species had tested have always led to the same end — our self-destruction, as if it was written in the basic human code.

The author has been arrested as an eighteen-year-old student, being the political secretary of an illegal organization, The Union of Democratic Youth of Yugoslavia. He was sentenced first to ten and after the appeal to 15 years imprisonment with hard labor. The first volume deals with the interrogation in , the second is about the trial, the third describes his time in jail till the end of The account is not purely autobiographical in the classical sense, since the author talks also about the way people lived after the Second World War in Yugoslavia.

He depicts prison life as an unique civilization, and the civilization of freedom, at that time in Yugoslavia, as a special prison. The theme is the time and the way people were thinking and behaving, its spirit, the events which illustrate the era, as well as the destructive consequences which communism has had on the urbane classes in Belgrade.

The three volumes enfold the destiny of other inmates and prison life in general, not only in Yugoslavia, but also in the world. The circumstances are described with a detached view, often with humor, which makes the topic interesting and exciting to read. Editions: Anthropological narrative. Reminiscence from Prison or An Anthropological Epic. According to an opinion poll of two daily newspapers, the first volume was selected as the best Yugoslav publication in Laguna, Belgrade, Ellen Elias-Bursac.

It depicts the voyage of Simeon Nago, the founder of the clan, with the Argonauts in search of the Golden Fleece of Life. In a way it is the beginning as well as the end of the saga. In it emotionality and spirituality surrender to the myth, to its philosophy, to the more profound mysteries and implications of life. The theme is given in allegories and everything is a symbol. Here we have the key for all six preceding volumes and only with this key could we understand the higher level of meaning, which was the reason for writing The Golden Fleece in the first place.

The publication consists of 50 letters, which have witty and inventive observations about England and the English people, covering different subjects and events. The letters were broadcast for listeners in Yugoslavia, therefore Pekic made also numerous comparisons with the government, the country and the characteristics of the people in his fatherland in a humorous way.

Editions: Nakladni zavod Znanje, Zagreb, Our civilization is basically depicted as an android and not a human history. The false lifestyle which we lead is only an imitation of life, created by androids, and it is thus impossible to enjoy genuine life. A war starts for a humanitarian existence, a fight between the robot majority and the human minority, who are the survivors of the sunken Atlantis. The story delivers the idea of our pseudo life, a synthetic existence, a phantasmagoric reality in which we live.

It shows the fate of humanity, which has developed in this way because of the all-embraced materialism, the mechanization of life, and foremost by reason of the automation of our life, in the real and figurative meaning.

It shows the alienated models of behavior, a false and misleading history, which has been developed from the beginning. The robots lose this war, but at the same time mankind also lost, since the people from Atlantis had to use ignoble means to win the fight.

Each story has as the fundamental idea one Element — Fire the first , Earth the second , Water the third , Air the fourth , Metal the fifth. All the narratives try to reach an answer as to the quintessence of life and to find responses to some basic queries about humanity from a viewpoint of the time in which the story is located.

What is common in all these tales is a deep resignation and helplessness of man in getting valid answers in response to basic questions.

Editions: Gothic narrative. Radmila J. Gorup amd Nadezda Obradovic with a foreword by Charles Simic. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, Translated by Bogdan Rakic and Stephen M. Translation into Greek of the book is in progress. Subsequently they were published. This second volume is a continuation of the first - Letters from Abroad and consists of further 50 letters, which have new witty and inventive observations about England and the English people, covering different topics and episodes.

They were broadcast for listeners in Yugoslavia, consequently he made numerous comparisons contrasting Great Britain, the British, with the government, history and the characteristics of the people in Yugoslavia in a humorous way. This third and last volume is a continuation of the previous ones and consists of further 50 letters, which have original, humorous and inventive observations about England and the English people covering different contents and happenings.

It was broadcast for listeners in Yugoslavia, therefore he made also numerous comparisons between Great Britain, the British, and the government, history and the characteristics of the people in Yugoslavia in a humorous way. Editions: Dereta, Belgrade, Notes about the author. Yearly award publishing house of Dereta. At the center of his attention is the British Empire from the earliest days to the life of the British people during the Second World War.

English history is perceived also through events and history of other European countries and countries worldwide. The circumstances are analyzed in comparison with the history and people of Yugoslavia. Subsequently, with some amplification, Pekic prepared it for publication. The text was printed posthumously. It was published posthumously, selected and assembled by Bozo Koprivica. Through these interviews Pekic interprets his opus, gives answers to crucial questions about ideas and the philosophy of his novels, analyzes his thoughts on people, politics, literature and humanity as a whole.

Editions: Bigz, Belgrade, It is a publication that shows his talent not only of courage, doubt and irony, concerning the lies and problems in our society. As a very stern critic of every type of suppression and totalitarianism, but also of all systems of power which rule our ravished and contaminated planet, here are his ideas and thoughts, reflections and observations.

Some of his speeches at opposition meetings are published here for the first time. Notes by the selector about the author and this book. He is the last member of the family to which The Golden Fleece has been dedicated. The relationship of the leading character to the past leads him to suicide at the moment at the moment of erecting a grandiose monument, devoted to the Revolution. The tale illustrates the destruction of his personality, in the time after the Revolution, as well as the problems involved in designing the monument.

It can be seen how he gradually proceeds from his passion for architecture to a disenchantment in his work and a feeling that he has betrayed what is most important in art. Editions: Conceiving Atlantis Summary: In writing Atlantis, Pekic has noted his thoughts on tapes from onwards about his writings concerning the basic theme of the novel. It is a story about a story. These commentaries have been assembled and compiled by his spouse Ljiljana.

Assembled by Ljiljana Pekic. The time span of these commentaries stretches from to The material has been assembled and compiled by academician Predrag Palavestra.

The difference is that only in diaries do we lie to ourselves about ourselves, and in histories we lie to people about others. The notes deal with his observations in connection with this phantasmagoria and have been dictated on tapes. It shows the way he constructed the seven volumes of the novel and talks about the characters of his protagonists.

The material has been assembled and compiled by his spouse Ljiljana. The author unveils part of the literature which was needed to write the saga as well as explanations and commentaries associated with the theme.

The reflections and topics concern mainly those that he had in preparing the sixth and the seventh volume. These notes are the first part of three volumes, which should be published. Editions: Part one, Bigz, Belgrade, Furthermore in this publication a fragment from The Years the Locusts Devoured is included, along with parts of his diaries as well as photographs from different periods of his life.

The material has been assembled and compiled by Radoslav Bratic. They include witty and inventive observations about England and the English people, covering different subjects and events. The letters were broadcast for listeners in Yugoslavia, therefore the author made numerous comparisons with the government, the country and the characteristics of the people in his fatherland in a humorous way. The compendium deals with sociological, economic, politico-philosophical, historical, judicial, and political studies.

He analyses the political doctrines of democracy, absolutism, monarchy, the oligarchical system, socialism, communism and the corporate system. Studies and criticism are based on sources from Marx, Engels, Lenin, Trotsky, and others.

He tackles the French Revolution, the work of the Convent from Thermidor and later, and many other historical events from the near or distant past can be found in this book. His thoughts are very interesting about reformation of the schooling system, not only in technical terms, but also particularly in connection with the topics taught at school. The intellect is neglected in favor of patience.

The qualities of slaves are praised and rewarded. Each of them would embrace the remaining activities for the future of humanity. Editions: Solaris, Novi Sad, Selected by Ljiljana Pekic. It is a monistical philosophy that attempts to reconcile idealism with materialism, empiricists with metaphysicists, the comprehensive spirit of religion with solipsism, dialectic with logic, mathematics with poetry, democracy with aristocracy.

Here he speaks of the history of the world as a history of energy, about politics as a repercussion of the philosophy of energialism. He explains the charter of energy — the definition of nothingness, of necessity, of energy as necessity.

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