Danilo Kiš

Danilo Kiš was a Serbian writer, born on February 22, 1935, in Subotica, Yugoslavia. He is known for his unique literary style and his exploration of themes such as identity, history, and the Holocaust. His work often blends elements of realism and the fantastic. Some of his most notable works include 'A Tomb for Boris Davidovich' and 'The Encyclopedia of the Dead'. Kiš's contributions to literature have made him one of the most important writers of the 20th century in the former Yugoslavia. He passed away on October 15, 1989, in Paris, France.


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  1. 1. A Tomb for Boris Davidovich

    "A Tomb for Boris Davidovich" is a collection of seven short stories exploring the nature of political and personal identity, primarily in Eastern Europe during the 20th century. The stories are interconnected, each focusing on a different character who is caught up in the political turmoil of the time, often meeting tragic ends. The book is known for its exploration of totalitarianism, the nature of identity, and the power of the state over the individual.

    The 1392nd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Garden, Ashes

    "Garden, Ashes" is a semi-autobiographical novel set during World War II, tracing the experiences of a Jewish boy and his eccentric father in Hungary. The narrative weaves between the boy's vivid imagination and the harsh realities of war, as he grapples with his father's unusual behavior and the increasing threat of the Holocaust. The book is a poignant exploration of childhood, family, and the impact of war on ordinary lives.

    The 2443rd Greatest Book of All Time