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The complete review ‘s Review:. Readers limited to English had to wait some three decades until they too could share in Mesa Selimovic’s masterpiece, a sad and sorry state of affairs.
It is, admittedly, an unusual work, big and often seemingly uneventful, but the lustre of this gem was recognized in other countries long before. Set in Sarajevo during the time of the Ottoman rule no exact date is specified, though the 17th or 18th centuries seem most likely the novel is a fascinating portrait of that society — and an interesting reflection of 20th century Yugoslavia.
The story is of bureaucracy and betrayal and Muslim and Communist society, carefully, even sparsely written though there are many pages to it Its unusual characters and setting — in a Muslim world that is foreign to us and rarely so well depicted in fiction of our or any time — and Selimovic’s masterly writing make this an eminently worthwhile book.
Narrated by the dervish of the title, Sheik Ahmed Nuruddin, the main thrust of the novel centers around his efforts to free his brother, who has been arrested and sentenced to death. His crime is never specified, and the all-powerful indeed, totalitarian authorities the dervish faces are Kafkaesque.
The dervish, a figure whirling at the edge of both the religious and political worlds of the time in each of which he plays a roleis forced to compromise himself in his efforts to free his brother, destroying his best friend’s life — as well as his own, in many respects. Though much of the story seems obscure, Selimovic’s masterly hand guides the reader, and entertains throughout. Life’s bigger questions are pondered, but rarely is the tone itself ponderous.
The setting of the novel is also not a common one, and Selimovic’s novel strikes one as a more authentic account of the Muslim-Ottoman world than can otherwise be found. The book would be valuable alone for this picture it paints.
Otto Muller Verlag
A somewhat philosophical tome, carefully told, it is still riveting. Highly recommended, though with the warning that it is a big and in some respects slow book for uhd some readers will not have the necessary patience. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Death and the Dervish – US.
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