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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Leeches by David Albahari. Leeches by David Albahari. The place is Serbia, the time davie the late s.

Our protagonist, a single man, writes a regular op-ed column for a Belgrade newspaper and spends the rest of his time with his best friend, smoking pot and talking about sex, politics, and life in general. One day on the shore of the Danube he spots a man slapping a beautiful woman. Intrigued, he follows the knnige into dzvid t The place is Serbia, the time is the late s.

Intrigued, he follows the woman into the tangled streets of the city until he loses knjieg of her. A few days later he receives a mysterious manuscript whose contents seem to mutate each time he opens it. To decipher the manuscript—a collection of fragments on the Kabbalah and the history of the Jews of Zemun and Belgrade—he contacts an old schoolmate, now an eccentric mathematician, and a group of men from the Jewish community.

As the narrator delves deeper into arcane topics, he begins to see signs of anti-Semitism, past and present, throughout the city and he feels impelled to denounce it.

But his increasingly passionate columns erupt in a scandal culminating in murder. Hardcoverpages. Published April 28th by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Leechesplease sign up. Lists with This Book. May 25, Jonfaith rated it really liked it Shelves: As stated previously, I’m always fond of books that depict Belgrade.

This one was a chore, but a pleasurable one.

There was a hermetic edge to it, a collision of the eschatological and the absurd, all steeped in found art and prime hashish. My friend Roger was reading this concurrently. I told I him I found it a Holocaust novel.

He stared at me as As stated previously, I’m always fond of books that depict Belgrade. He stared at me as if I was sullenly xlbahari. Trust me, I know that look. Inoltre, questi come tutti gli altri libri della Recensione originale: Inoltre, questi come tutti gli altri libri della casa editrice Zandonai sono ormai fuori catalogo a causa della chiusura della casa editrice trentina, che pubblicava libri meravigliosi e che era senza dubbio la mia preferita nel panorama italiano.

Anche questo Sanguisughe sono riuscita a recuperarlo solo grazie ad AbeBooks e albahagi una libreria che ne aveva ancora delle copie in magazzino.

Inoltre lo stile mi sembra knijge. Ci sono, secondo me, due approcci opposti alla lettura di questo romanzo: Non ci sono stacchi, non ci sono pause.


Tuttavia il protagonista narra in modo continuativo, fluido, come lo scorrere di un fiume.

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Dicevo, dunque, dei due modi di approcciarsi a questo libro. Io, personalmente, ho seguito quest’ultimo metodo. A mio parere questo libro va gustato dzvid come quando si beve un buon vino: Forse tutti, tranne colui che lo sta scrivendo. Ma di cosa parla, in definitiva, questo libro? L’uomo decide di seguire la ragazza, ma la perde immediatamente, per poi scoprire dei misteriosi simboli tracciati nel percorso da lui seguito: Questi simboli saranno sparsi un po’ ovunque nel quartiere Zemun di Belgrado.

Per cercare di decifrarli, il protagonista si mette alla ricerca di un suo vecchio compagno di scuola, poi diventato professore di matematica. Ma del resto, quante persone al giorno d’oggi possono vantare una conoscenza, approfondita o anche superficiale, della cabala?

Ma anche, quanti ebrei? Di fatto tutto il libro ruota intorno alla cabala, ai triangoli, alla matematica e, di conseguenza, all’ebraismo e al violentissimo antisemitismo che c’era in Serbia in quel periodo storico. Si tratta, come avrete capito, di un testo complicatissimo: Ora sto cercando di procurarmi gli altri libri dell’autore, anche se non tutti sono stati tradotti in italiano e nemmeno in inglese: View all 4 comments.

Jul 10, Ronald Morton albanari it really liked it Shelves: So, first, much like Gotz and Meyerthis book is one single paragraph. And, while pages doesn’t make it sound like a long book, when you’re reading a page wall-of-text, it feels much, much longer. And, while I liked Dxvid and Meyer and thought it was overall successfully executed, I do feel that the wall-of-text contributed a lot more to the narrative of Leeches aalbahari to Gotz and Meyer.

This book is a mystery in the same way that Foucault’s Pendulum is a mystery, in that it’s a mystery whe So, first, much like Gotz and Meyerthis book is one single paragraph. This book is a mystery kjjige the same way that Foucault’s Pendulum is a mystery, in that it’s a mystery where the albahark makes super crazy leaps in logic and deduction that always end up being true – unlike FP, the leaps here are not being actually made up as a part of the book, but you still have to just kind of go with it and let the book take you where it wants to go.

The book also deals quite a bit with Kabbalistic texts, and at times feels a bit new-agey just due to the matter of fact way the stuff can be presented, but it also kind of felt like the movie Pi and the Alan Moore Promethea stuff which is pretty cool. As kniige the wall-of-text thing; the reason why this succeeds so well is that the textual lay-out allows Albahari to continuously shift between narration, conversations with other kjnige about the narration, past events related to the narration, present-day asides related to post-narration events, and back to the narration, all pretty effortlessly.

Albahrai that sounds confusing it’s because it really is, but what it allows Albahari to do is enmesh the reader into the confusion of the narrator – a large part of the book – and also almost completely ruins the albahrai ability to grasp how much time is elapsing – which is another part of the book that the narrator himself discusses. I can see how this book would not be for everyone, the formatting davjd the text itself makes alhahari difficult to read for long periods, and also makes it difficult to find a stopping place, but for those injige approach the text for what it is, they will find an exquisite crafted mystery that will drag the reader right along to the end.


Sep 16, Bill rated it it was ok Shelves: Feb 01, Kobe Bryant rated it liked it.

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Not nearly neurotic enough. Did’t even need to be one page paragraph. Jun 02, Robert Wechsler rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is truly a style-over-substance novel. There is little about its content that interested me, and yet the novel held my interest all the way through. The principal stylistic tactic Albahari employs is momentum. It is one page paragraph. Although there are many, many sentences some of them knjig, but run-on rather than knjigfthere is no pause.

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There are asides, where the first-person narrator steps back from the story he is telling at s This is truly a style-over-substance novel. Things happen, but there is little in the way of plot, and the few real things that happen aside from conversations are sudden and surprising. They occur against a background of conversation and wanderings, without a real purpose. And it’s not clear what’s what. Some reviews describe the style as stream-of-consciousness.

It might appear that way, but it is something more fresh and interesting and complex. In fact, much of the novel consists of conversations, not s-o-c at all. Albahari created an as-told-to character, who does far more than listen, in order to get away from simple s-o-c. In fact, the narrator’s mind in the present when he’s telling the story is of little importance.

The breathlessness is his way of telling the story. The second half of the novel becomes increasingly more plot-oriented. Things actually happen, or seem to. Kaballahesque manuscripts, ideas, and events become more central. Although I have no interest in the Kaballah, Albahari was able to keep my attention. The momentum slows a bit, but the intelligence of the writing is maintained. However, I certainly did not enjoy the second half of the novel as much.

The first half is perfect. But this is a common problem with this sort of novel. The same goes for suspense. And it is not about a conspiracy as much as about the idea of conspiracy, not a paranoid novel as much as a novel about paranoia.

And anger, hatred, prejudice, victimization. For those who love a thrilling literary ride, this is something special. Aug 03, mark rated it really liked it Shelves: Not for the faint of heart or brain, this book is one long stream-of-consciousness paragraph requiring significant effort on the part of the reader.

However, that effort is rewarded by the pleasure derived from and mixed in with, the confusion that reading this entails. The plot revolves around the war in Serbia and ethnic relations there.

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