A Pilgrimage Through the Memory of the World by Danilo Kiš

Vesna Vukićević-Janković


Danilo Kiš carried out an inquiring maneuver for the absolute form in which the written has the ability to override and / or delete time and space. It is the result of his desire for compression or de/constructive effort to transform a novelistic tissue into an encyclopedic register. His literary work is aimed at integration of the obverse and reverse of fate in duration and disappearance. Through the exposure and semantic para-semantic levels of human understanding of the factual and fictional, through questioning face and reverse the history of the world, The Encyclopedia of the Dead suggests a smoldering in religions and philosophical systems, whose central issue is always in a vacuum between death and love. The Encyclopedia of the Dead offers the key to figuring out the ideal of the writer’s poetics, though, in his words, its ideal is never achieved.


Memory; remembrance; encyclopedia; metonymy; narration; symbol

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/Studi_Slavis-20514

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