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THE ATTIC by Danilo Kiš - European Book Club at NYPL

June 17, 2013

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Mid-Manhattan Library

THE ATTIC by Danilo Kiš 

A book discussion presented by 

The European Book Club and The World Languages Collection at the MID-MANHATTAN LIBRARY

Representing the country of SERBIA

 THE ATTIC, is the first novel by Serbian writer Danilo Kiš. Composed variously of prose, letters, journals entries and lists, The Attic is the antic account of a young man, the pseudonymous Orpheus, his love interest, also known to us by the pseudonym Eurydice, and his colorful friend Wiseass, as they attempt to come to terms with life and death, love and art.

About the author:

Danilo Kiš (1935-1989) was one of Serbia's most influential writers and the author of several novels and short-story collections, including A Tomb for Boris Davidovich, The Encyclopedia of the Dead, and Hourglass.  Susan Sontag called him "one of the handful of incontestably major writers of the second half of the century". In 1980 Kiš was awarded the Grand Aigle d'Or from the city of Nice. He died in 1989 at the age of 54.

The Attic was translated by John K. Cox, a professor of history and department head at North Dakota State University. His translations include fiction by Ismail Kadare, Ivan Ivanji, Ivo Andrić, and Meša Selimović. His own books include The History of Serbia and Slovenia: Evolving Loyalties and Understanding Ismail Kadare 

Book Discussion led by Vilma Alvarez, NYPL

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This event will take place in the First Floor Corner Room 

The European Book Club is a monthly series of book discussions organized by ten European cultural institutes and consulates based in New York. There are no special membership requirements to participate. Simply check the European Book Club website at for upcoming meetings as they are announced.

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