Hodočašće Arsenija Njegovana

Hodočašće Arsenija Njegovana Hodo A E Arsenija Njegovana Free Author Borislav Peki Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Arsenije Njegovan S Portrait Through His Obsessive Love Towards Houses Which Are In His Possession He Is Able To Fall In Love With Buildings As If They Were Humans Symbolically The Houses Here Are A Metaphor For Mens Yearning For Property And Beauty From 1941 To 1968 Arsenije Is Isolated From The World In His Home The First Time He Ventures Out Is In 1968 Just At The Time Of The Student S Anti Government Demonstrations There He Lands Into A Fight With The Radicals, Gets Beaten Up, And Returns Home Where He Writes His Testament And Dies With Cutting Irony Peki Provides A Brilliant Insight Into A Mind Possessed By A Single Passion The Love For Buildings The Houses Of Belgrade Peki Says To Enliven History Is A Work Of Magic, Not Of Science The Task Of Literature Is Not Merely To Portray An Epoch, But To Imaginatively Resurrect, Revive Its Spirit In A Way In Which The Contemporaries, The Protagonists Of Our Historic Novel, Have Experienced It Not We In Their Place.

  • 4.4
  • 778
  • English
  • 07 August 2018
  • Paperback
  • 212 pages
  • 9780810111417
  • Hodočašće Arsenija Njegovana
  • Borislav Pekić

10 thoughts on “Hodočašće Arsenija Njegovana

  1. Glenn Russell says:

    Statue of Borislav Peki in Flower Square, Belgrade, SerbiaImagine an American movie buff going into a deep sleep Rip Van Winkle style in 1941 and finally waking up in 1968 The first thing on the agenda, of course, is a trip to the local movie house expecting a variation on the 1941 musical comedy You ll Never Get Rich featuring Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth So happens there s a double feather Bullett starring Steve McQueen and 2001 A Space Odyssey Whoa We can imagine the level of instant future shock Something along similar lines transpires in Houses, Serbian author Borislav Peki s 1970 novel about a kingpin Belgrade building owner, who, after having been knocked down, beaten up and traumatized during a riot in the city back in 1941, has sealed himself off in a high rise apartment for twenty seven years where he has been zeroing in on his beloved buildings through binoculars Oh, and there s also the absence of news reports since property mogul Ars nie Negovan s heart and health could take a nosedive if he suffers further trauma, his wife, nurse and lawyer make sure he does not receive bulletins or news releases usually bad news about his properties, his city of Belgrade, his country or the world In other words, Ars nie Negovan is completely uninformed of events between the Nazis having been forced out of Belgrade at the end of World War ll and the prevailing modern Communist government in the year 1968 Then crisis hits Ars nie overhears his wife a...

  2. Bill says:

    Yet another wonderful find by NYRB Classics I love their books and own over 150 of them.Pekic was born in what was then Yugoslavia, and this book was first published in 1970 It s a relatively short novel and a fairly unusual one at that For one thing there is virtually no discernible plot, and really only one important character, the narrator himself and of course, his houses.The book is called Houses because his houses are all that matters to him They are all named, and all with female names all 49 of them He actually treats them and cares for them as if they were women When they fall into disrepair, he says they are ill His wife, who is really a secondary character compared to the houses, is jealous of them, as he spends way time dealing with them than he does with her.I can t really say too much else, without ruining it for any prospective readers, so I will just say that I really enjoyed it, and if you like literature in translation, or just feel like reading something ...

  3. Victoria says:

    Houses is a wonderful book and Borislav Peki is a wonderful writer While telling, or perhaps one should say, revealing, a simple but affecting plot, Peki gives the reader much to ponder, about ownership and those who oppose it, and the heartbreaking way history keeps repeating itself And all is couched in a witty and engaging way What an achievement A warning the attractive NY Books edition I read has an introduction by the painter Barry Schwabsky, which absolutely must be avoided until the book itself is read, and possibly even then In the course of telling the story in such detail that all turns and surprises the author carefully fashioned are ruined, Mr Schwabsky makes many assertions that were alien to my experience of the book, and I was grateful not to have heard them before having lived through it on my own My rule is be careful reading about a book in advance, even what s written on the covers, and never, ever, read an introduction to fiction Among the many enticing perceptions Peki gives his readers, I especially liked a character s architectural analysis of Le Corbusier s church at Ronchamp, and the protagonist s love of the buildings he possesses and which support him n...

  4. Jim says:

    Ars nie Negovan, property owner, is seventy seven years old It is the 3rd of June 1968 and he has not stepped outside his front door since the 27th of March 1941 For the past twenty seven years he has run his business empire with the aid of his wife, Katarina, and the family lawyer, Mr Golovan, while he sits at his window peering at his women through a selection of binoculars Simonida, Theodora, Emilia, Christina, Juliana, Sophia, Eug nie, Natalia, Barbara, Anastasia, Angelina and those he could not see though his lenses he could picture in his mind s eye To each one he had been devoted and had been for many, many years His wife knows all about them How could she not He has photos of them on the wall of his study And scale models even Freud said it was sex Jung, belonging Viktor Frankl, meaning and Adler, power In one of his essays, however, Peki singled out the will to possess as one of the most powerful driving forces in our world, a phenomenon which inevitably influences even the spiritual and moral side of man The women are, of course, houses, the things Ars nie Negovan prizes over everything...

  5. Eva D. says:

    Wonderful narrative about the changing social atmosphere of post WWII Yugoslavia The book parallels the Belgrade student riots of 1968 with the unrest caused by the Hitler Yugo pact of 1941 and the Bolshevik uprising in 1919 It s framed as a confession will b...

  6. Ken says:

    Narrated through property owner Ars nie Negovan as he reflects on he s life and love of buildings whilst he s nearing the end of he s life.He lovely cared for all of he s houses, even to the point where he individually names them all.Set through the majority of ...

  7. Quiver says:

    krt na re ima Peki svakako nije Ideja posedni tva kao me usobnog posedovanja me zanima, ali odbio me je na in na koji je istra ivana narativ gusto pro et naizgled bezazlenim injenicama i neprimamljivim, karakteristi nim jezikom.

  8. Bojan says:

    It can be hard for English reader to catch up with all ideological, political, esthetic layers of this wonderful novel Even though narration is quite simple given through the perspective of only one narrator, the clash between the reality well known to local readers and the delusion of the main character is what brings the beauty of the tragedy and what makes this book complex and worthy of reading again Smart humor is given here through a parody of the headline of Erich Fromm s book To Be or to Have A man, a capitalist, a ruthless house owner, not knowing that communist revolution has happened than 20 years ago, and that he is fre...

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  10. Yuri Sharon says:

    This is a finely crafted, meticulously structured work It purports to be the last will and testament, memoir and confession of Arsenie Negovan, one time landlord of Belgrade Written in his final days, Arsenie s stimulus to write came during the first week of June 1968, when he finally ventured out of his barricaded house for the first time in twenty seven years By the conspiracy of his wife, his nurse, lawyer and complicit others, Arsenie had remained in his home since 1941, fixed in the delusion that the King still ruled Yugoslavia and that he, Arsenie, still owned several dozen houses around the city Each of these houses had a character, a soul Arsenie gave them names women s names and regarded them with affection than he did most people Perched in his eyrie, he looked through his binoculars across the Sava River at the soulless mass housing buildings of post war Belgrade Late in his memoir, Arsenie realised that the binoculars had cunningly convinced me that I knew and understood the objects they had brought near to me, whereas in fact those objects had remained just as distant as before It is as if Arsenie had been looking at the world through the wrong end of his binoculars The novel rests upon the notion...

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