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Landscape painted with tea
Pavić, Milorad.
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Predeo slikan čajem. English
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York ; Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1990.
Physical Description:
339 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
"Originally published in Yugoslavia as Predeo slikan čajem by Prosveta, Belgrade"--T.p. verso.

Includes index.
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From the bestselling author of Dictionary Of The Khazars comes a novel that is part epic and part crossword, with chapters that give clues across and down--a sort of modern Odyssey about a man in search of his father, an officer who disappeared in World War II. Illustrated."

Author Notes

Milorad Pavic was born in Belgrade on October 15, 1929. After receiving a doctorate from the University of Zagreb, he taught philosophy at the University of Novi Sad followed by the University of Belgrade. During his lifetime, he wrote several novels including Dictionary of the Khazars, Landscape Painted with Tea, The Inner Side of the Wind, and Last Love in Constantinople. He also wrote short stories, nonfiction and poetry. He died due to complications of a heart attack on November 30, 2009 at the age of 80.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Pavic, the author of The Dictionary of the Khazars [BKL O 15 88], has more than one trick up his sleeve, and his latest novel to be translated into English proves to be another disquieting narrative to be solved by the reader, with a few crossword puzzles thrown in for good measure. Fortunately, Pavic's mix of metaphorical chronicles doesn't obscure the impetus of his story, as a modern-day architect sets out to determine the fate of his father, a Yugoslav partisan who disappeared at the end of World War II in a Greek monastery. Pavic embellishes the bones of his narrative with lexicographical games and puzzles but also adds philosophical and political symbolism to lend mystery and meaning to the tale, which is definitely more than the sum of its diffuse parts. --John ~Brosnahan

Choice Review

This new novel by Milorad Pavi'c, in many ways a sequel to the highly acclaimed Dictionary of the Khazars (CH, Jun'89), continues the author's experiments with the novel genre and particularly with reflexive narration. At every point the reader's attention is called to his or her own participation in the fiction Pavi'c is masterminding, whether in the double-leveled story that constitutes Book 1, the crossword motif that characterizes Book 2 ("A Novel for Crossword Fans"), the bogus index to perfectly useless words, the space left for the reader to write the book's d'enouement, or the "solution" printed upside down on the last page that identifies the novel's protagonist, solving the riddle posed throughout. On the way to this disclosure we encounter a delightfully bewildering array of characters and situations and a bevy of literary and folkloristic genres and motifs from Serbian and Greek traditions, not to mention instructions on how to read the book "down" or "across." Both of Pavi'c's novels belong in any serious literature collection.-J. M. Foley, University of Missouri-Columbia