The Five Wonders of the Danube [Pdf/E–book]

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Free read The Five Wonders of the Danube Zoran Živković É 5 characters Read º PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free É Zoran Živković On five bridges over the Danube five strange and remarkable tales are told tales of the sacrifices that are made for Art For the painter the sculptor the writer and the composer creatio. CelebrateA novel to take your breath away Similar to a number of Zoran ivkovi s shorter fictions The Five Wonders of the Danube is a mosaic that is a series of seemingly freestanding stories brought together into a cohesive whole in the final chapterAnd what a novel A fabulist s sensibility combined with simplicity clarity and charm a work of impossible magic that lives at the midpoint between Italo Calvino and Roald Dahl There s good reason why a reader will encounter a sense of wonder many times overTo share glimpses of Zoran ivkovi s wizardry in action I ll shift to the five tales themselves First Wonder Black Bridge Regensburg Early one rainy Sunday morning the guard assigned to the bridge spots a large painting mysteriously fastened to the bridge itself Soon thereafter a string of higher ups come on the scene A series of uestions are posed Who put such a painting up on the bridge And how and why was such a feat accomplished This striking tale opens up many philosophical issues centered around the nature of art as per the following uartet Site specific art is a work created to exist in one and only one locale The painting fastened to the bridge most certainly ualifies as such a case The bridge authorities the police and other organizations send teams of men up on ladders to remove the painting but without success After much effort there s a recognition that the only place where this large painting can exist as an artwork is its current spot up on the bridge It doesn t appear any of the men or women yes a young lady with long blonde hair from Military Security pops up nice touch Zoran are aware of the nature of site specific art but whether they know it or not that s precisely what this painting is The bridge guard s first survey of the painting The painting seemed to invoke this very moment an impression that was reinforced by the flock of river gulls flying in all directions They were depicted so faithfully that it seemed the shrieking was coming from the painting too The exact merging of painting with background echoes those works of surrealist Ren Magritte Yet this is only the painting on first viewing with subseuent viewings by the guard and others as if by strokes of alchemy the painting s subject changes depicting the bridges featured in the novel s future chapters Critical theorist Walter Benjamin speaks of an artwork s aura a force arising from the work s uniueness Each of the officials is struck by the painting s uality and recognizes the value of viewing such an original painting versus the reproductions they currently live with In keeping with our modern world s stress on art linked with economics these same officials also see the painting as a potential cash cow Thus the ongoing conflict of objective aesthetic experience on one side and self interest and ownership on the other As a kind of grand finale the sea gulls that have been inserting themselves into the scene periodically throughout the morning take a predominant part in revealing the truer nature of the distinctive bridge painting One way of interpreting this performance ah a work of performance art after all is to gauge how we view the painting at different points as we continue reading Remarkably via the storyteller s craft the painting on the bridge of Regensburg metamorphoses in extraordinary ways following an encounter with all the various images and happenings in each ensuing chapter from the Yellow Bridge in Vienna to the Blue Bridge in Novi Sad Second Wonder Yellow Bridge Vienna Five people are crossing the bridge two going left three to the right Although they are spread out and each one is unaware of the others all five suddenly come to a complete stop The halting lasts but a moment and all five resume their crossing WhyWe follow the events preceding the bridge incident where we discover each of the five individuals a theater prompter a hit man a prostitute a book thief and a nun has a brush with the fantastic and surreal To take but one example the hit man observes a chess game taking place on the bridge where a man playing black has regular black pieces but he s playing against sixteen ruby eyed white mice standing on their hind legs on various suares each wearing little white coats with the name of the piece written in black letters on the back while the king and ueen don yellow crowns Third Wonder Red Bridge Bratislava For two homeless men Issac and Fyodor literature and the arts take center stage Issac carves small figures in wood and Fyodor reads the novels of Dostoyevsky as well as penning his own manuscript And when the fire of inspiration unites with a living fire there s a transformation nothing short of miraculous bestowing expanded meaning to the words of Mikhail Bulgakov that manuscripts don t burn Fourth Wonder White Bridge Budapest An elderly gentleman a famous composer and conductor is on the bridge and reflects back on a particular incident years ago involving a young girl and suicide The story winds through his memory of the past until he is overcome by a feeling of ecstasy in the present moment where Nothing was important right now than the music he was finally receiving without a sacrifice in return He gave himself over completely to listening Without sacrifice The White Bridge of Budapest assumes the role of teacher to provide him with a deeper comprehension of the profound connection between sacrifice and bliss Fifth Wonder Blue Bridge Novi Sad Zoran ivkovi provides his own uniue twist on that famous Zen koan Does a dog have the Buddha nature Like the Danube itself this concluding chapter flows through Regensburg Vienna Bratislava Budapest and Novi Sad to capture images and motifs catapulting the tale to worlds beyond even to the chimerical kingdom of authorial vision What do I mean by that You will have to read for yourself to find outSerbian author Zoran ivkovic born 1948 Jeremiah ODonovan Rossa your breath away Similar to a number of Zoran ivkovi s shorter fictions The Five Wonders of the Danube is a mosaic that is a series of seemingly freestanding stories brought together into a cohesive whole in the final chapterAnd what a novel A fabulist s sensibility combined with simplicity clarity and charm a work of impossible magic that lives at the midpoint between Italo Calvino and Roald Dahl There s good reason why a reader will encounter a sense of wonder many times overTo share glimpses of Zoran ivkovi s wizardry in action I ll shift to the five tales themselves First Wonder Black Bridge Regensburg Early one rainy Sunday morning the guard assigned to the bridge spots a large painting mysteriously fastened to the bridge itself Soon thereafter a string of higher ups come on the scene A series of uestions are posed Who put such a painting up on the bridge And how and why was such a feat accomplished This striking tale opens up many philosophical issues centered around the nature of art as per the following uartet Site specific art is a work created to exist in one and only one locale The painting fastened to the bridge most certainly ualifies as such a case The bridge authorities the police and other organizations send teams of men up on ladders to remove the painting but without success After much effort there s a recognition that the only place where this large painting can exist as an artwork is its current spot up on the bridge It doesn t appear any of the men or women Rural Livelihoods and Diversity in Developing Countries yes a Snow on Snow on Snow young lady with long blonde hair from Military Security pops up nice touch Zoran are aware of the nature of site specific art but whether they know it or not that s precisely what this painting is The bridge guard s first survey of the painting The painting seemed to invoke this very moment an impression that was reinforced by the flock of river gulls flying in all directions They were depicted so faithfully that it seemed the shrieking was coming from the painting too The exact merging of painting with background echoes those works of surrealist Ren Magritte Yet this is only the painting on first viewing with subseuent viewings by the guard and others as if by strokes of alchemy the painting s subject changes depicting the bridges featured in the novel s future chapters Critical theorist Walter Benjamin speaks of an artwork s aura a force arising from the work s uniueness Each of the officials is struck by the painting s uality and recognizes the value of viewing such an original painting versus the reproductions they currently live with In keeping with our modern world s stress on art linked with economics these same officials also see the painting as a potential cash cow Thus the ongoing conflict of objective aesthetic experience on one side and self interest and ownership on the other As a kind of grand finale the sea gulls that have been inserting themselves into the scene periodically throughout the morning take a predominant part in revealing the truer nature of the distinctive bridge painting One way of interpreting this performance ah a work of performance art after all is to gauge how we view the painting at different points as we continue reading Remarkably via the storyteller s craft the painting on the bridge of Regensburg metamorphoses in extraordinary ways following an encounter with all the various images and happenings in each ensuing chapter from the Yellow Bridge in Vienna to the Blue Bridge in Novi Sad Second Wonder Yellow Bridge Vienna Five people are crossing the bridge two going left three to the right Although they are spread out and each one is unaware of the others all five suddenly come to a complete stop The halting lasts but a moment and all five resume their crossing WhyWe follow the events preceding the bridge incident where we discover each of the five individuals a theater prompter a hit man a prostitute a book thief and a nun has a brush with the fantastic and surreal To take but one example the hit man observes a chess game taking place on the bridge where a man playing black has regular black pieces but he s playing against sixteen ruby eyed white mice standing on their hind legs on various suares each wearing little white coats with the name of the piece written in black letters on the back while the king and ueen don Perenbomen bloeien wit yellow crowns Third Wonder Red Bridge Bratislava For two homeless men Issac and Fyodor literature and the arts take center stage Issac carves small figures in wood and Fyodor reads the novels of Dostoyevsky as well as penning his own manuscript And when the fire of inspiration unites with a living fire there s a transformation nothing short of miraculous bestowing expanded meaning to the words of Mikhail Bulgakov that manuscripts don t burn Fourth Wonder White Bridge Budapest An elderly gentleman a famous composer and conductor is on the bridge and reflects back on a particular incident Skaza years ago involving a Envisioned Life Essays in Honor of Eva Brann young girl and suicide The story winds through his memory of the past until he is overcome by a feeling of ecstasy in the present moment where Nothing was important right now than the music he was finally receiving without a sacrifice in return He gave himself over completely to listening Without sacrifice The White Bridge of Budapest assumes the role of teacher to provide him with a deeper comprehension of the profound connection between sacrifice and bliss Fifth Wonder Blue Bridge Novi Sad Zoran ivkovi provides his own uniue twist on that famous Zen koan Does a dog have the Buddha nature Like the Danube itself this concluding chapter flows through Regensburg Vienna Bratislava Budapest and Novi Sad to capture images and motifs catapulting the tale to worlds beyond even to the chimerical kingdom of authorial vision What do I mean by that You will have to read for Batch yourself to find outSerbian author Zoran ivkovic born 1948

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Free read The Five Wonders of the Danube Zoran Živković É 5 characters Read º PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free É Zoran Živković N is inextricably entwined with violence suffering and the darkest reaches of the psyche and the bridge to enlightenment is the hardest of all to cross Yet through the innocence of a do. Reading Zoran ivkovi is like reading the experience of a surrealist painting At first it feels familiar but everyday objects and experiences take on an almost mystical uality with his brilliant writing I ve never read an author who so carefully draws the connections and patterns and symbols together from one short story to the next Interwoven is such a tapestry they form a beautiful vision together His analogies are ones that are deep and penetrating but also start to make you uestion the world around you What is reality What is absurd Do we really know the difference This is kind of book I like to savor by a warm fire and just soak in each page Enjoy Imagine you uestion the world around Peeping Toms you What is reality What is absurd Do we really know the difference This is kind of book I like to savor by a warm fire and just soak in each page Enjoy

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Free read The Five Wonders of the Danube Zoran Živković É 5 characters Read º PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free É Zoran Živković G all can be redeemed in the miraculous climax of this complex and exotic fableSimultaneously published in Serbian German Slovakian Hungarian and English as a deluxe boxed five volume s. Translated into English by Alice Copple To i and published by Cadmus Press The Five Wonders of Danube consists of five chapters each one taking place in or around a different bridge of the Danube riverAlthough each story has a different set of characters and appears separate from all the others they all very cleverly come together at the end All five stories have surreal and often absurd elements that make ivkovi s prose so interesting and uniue Apart from an academic the author is also an art enthusiast something which is apparent in all of the storiesFor example in the first story titled First Wonder Black Bridge Regensburg an enormous painting mysteriously and unexplainably appears on the Black Bridge causing a big uproar since the passersby and the police alike are trying to solve the mystery of how it got hung up there without anyone noticing a thing In Second Wonder Yellow Bridge Vienna the longest story of the bunch five unconnected people are going their own ways on the bridge when they happen to stop short on their tracks at exactly the same time Two artistic homeless people are the stars of the Third Wonder Red Bridge Bratislava my personal favourite of the stories One of them is an avid Dostoyevski reader and an aspiring writer himself while the other one adeptly carves figures out of wood when the fire of their inspiration turns into an actual fire that engulfs their minimal belongingsIn Fourth Wonder White Bridge Budapest a famous composer looks back on the incidents that have led him to write his most acclaimed masterpieces and very shockingly realises that death eerily plays a big part in his creative process not in the way that you might think though Lastly the Fifth Wonder Blue Bridge Novi Sad is perhaps the strangest and most surreal out of all the stories but it ties some loose ends together and sort of makes a full circle back to the first storyWhile ivkovi might deal with some rather heavy themes such as suicide homelessness and death his writing style is infused with such wit and clever humour that it becomes a fun and whimsical reading experience that truly makes the reader ponderThe surreal elements might sometimes get a bit overwhelming for those who are not very familiar with reading such stories steeped in the absurd as many things do not make much sense until later on in the book What I personally loved was how the bridges turned into a sometimes metaphorical portal of some sort where things the painting in the first story and even people the characters in the second story are transported almost magically Unexplained and absurd things take place on those bridges turning Danube and its banks into a liminal space of wonder where everything is possible although eerily unexplainableMy first contact with ivkovi s work was definitely a very pleasant one and I m very much looking forward to experiencing of his works In my opinion The Five Wonders of Danube is a great introduction to his whimsical writing and I do hope people get to discover the magic uality of his penYou can also read my review over at The Literary Sisters A copy of this book was very kindly provided to me by the publisher Cadmus Press


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    The Five Wonders of the Danube [Pdf/E–book] CelebrateA novel to take your breath away Similar to a number of Zoran Živković's shorter fictions The Five Wonders of the Danube is a “mosaic that is a series of seemingly freestanding stories brought together into a cohesive who

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    Free read The Five Wonders of the Danube Zoran Živković É 5 characters The Five Wonders of the Danube [Pdf/E–book] Reading Zoran Živković is like reading the experience of a surrealist painting At first it feels familiar but everyday objects and experience

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    The Five Wonders of the Danube [Pdf/E–book] Zoran Živković É 5 characters Free read The Five Wonders of the Danube Translated into English by Alice Copple Tošić and published by Cadmus Press The Five Wonders of Danube consists of five chapters each one taking place in or around a different bridge of the Danube riverAlthough each story has a di

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    The Five Wonders of the Danube [Pdf/E–book] Zoran Živković É 5 characters Free read The Five Wonders of the Danube Well I did not really like this Maybe it was the high expectations combined with the short story format I've only heard good things about Zoran Živković and I really enjoyed the first story so I sort of thought it'd only get better from there it didn't for me The first one was a lot of fun mysterious and interesting with enjoyable characters but I found the second one pointless and confusing and it bothered me a bit b

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  • Hardcover
  • 308
  • The Five Wonders of the Danube
  • Zoran Živković
  • English
  • 09 January 2020
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