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Majmunoopisanije

Majmunoopisanije - Svetislav Basara (As the book is in Serbian, review is also in Serbian, English translation is below)

U ovoj knjizi Basara je na njemu svojstven način izložio pregled najskorijih 200 godina Srbije kroz fragmentarnu strukturu priča isprepletanih pojedinim junacima i/ili dešavanjima. Od početne o knezu Milošu, Vuku i njihovim uticajima na jezik i posledično na samu stvarnost Srbije (Basara na autopilotu - postmodernističko poigravanje temporalno kauzalnim dešavanjima, kao i načinom pripovedanja) preko zaista fenomenalnih priča o bivšem inspektoru Državne bezbednosti i kralju Žarkova u kojima je dat surov opis društva od 70ih na ovamo (na Basari svojstven način, bez dlake na jeziku) do blede završnice u Misterijama 80ih koja pak ostavlja mogućnosti spajanja sa ostatkom Basarinog opusa, čitalac prati Basaru koji je na vrhuncu pripovedanja ali je i duboko ogorčen realnošću koju ne može više da pobedi čak ni absurdom, i ta gorčina probija povremeno kroz sve velove fikcije naslagane jedan preko drugog.
Svi koji su bili u Beogradu između sedamdesete i dve hiljade neke će prepoznati mnoga mesta, kao i samu atmosferu, a oni kojima će ovo biti prvi susret sa tom Srbijom treba da obrate posebnu pažnju jer su neki apsurdi u knjizi čak i manji od onih koji su se zaista dešavali.


In this book Basara gave, in his own characteristic way, overview of the most recent 200 years in Serbia through the fragmentary story structure. From the first story about Knez Milos, Vuk Karadžić, their influence on Serbian language and consequently Serbia's reality (Basara on autopilot - postmodern story telling, broken causality as well as temporal order) the reader follows superb narrative through really amazing stories about ex secret police inspector and the self proclaimed king of Zarkovo. The ending is a bit weaker (story Misteries of 80's but leaves a possibility of joining the rest of Basara's opus. At certain points in the stories there are outpours of Basara's bitterness at reality that cannot be conquered by absurd anymore.
Everybody who happened in Belgrade from 70's onward will recognize places and atmosphere. The rest should read it carefully to catch the whiff of that Serbia having in mind that real happenings were sometimes even more absurd than in these stories.