Steps Through the Mist - Serbian author Zoran ivkovis 80-page mosaic novel features a different woman in each of its five tales, beginning with a student at a boarding school and concluding with a disturbing event impacting the life of an elderly woman. And thats mosaic novel in the sense the stories share common themes, in this specific instance, themes of freedom versus determinism, clarity of perception versus the mist of mystery. Also, by my reading, these five pieces share a prime focus for author Zoran ivkovi: the intersecting of two realities, the reality of the story with the reality of the storyteller. Disorder in the Head We are in the classroom at a girls boarding school and watch as twenty-six freshman obediently stand at attention when their teacher, Miss Emily, enters. Only when Miss Emily walks over and finally sits down at her desk are the girls permitted to, in turn, take their seats. As an effective method to contain and eventually snuff out any trace of a new students disorderliness, Miss Emily asked the girls to write down their dreams from the previous night. From many years of experience, Miss Emily knows a number of her sixteen-year-old freshman will write about made-up dreams as an attempt to outsmart or deceive her, maybe even try to make fun of her. As she has always done, Miss Emily has the three girls stand and castigates them one by one for lying. Miss Emily holds up the sheet thats blank other than the students name at the bottom. Irena replies, Yes. A lively exchange ensues wherein Irena informs Miss Emily the paper is blank because she dreamed of mist and out of the mist she entered other peoples dreams, including the dreams of Alexandra, Theodora and Clara. When Irena reaches the door, we are in for another instance of the unexpected, this time propelling the story into further realms of the fabulous - Irena cautions Miss Emily and her classmates that when she leaves, everyone in the classroom will vanish in a cloud of mist. All of this will disappear." Let's pause here and make a shift to Zoran ivkovi's theme of the interplay of author and story. When Irena admits she's not at all important, only secondary, only a guest in the dream, doesn't this sound as if she recognizes herself as a character within a story, that her entire world is a fictional dream created by an author? You will have to read for yourself to see how this provocative tale plays out, but lets again switch to the theme of author and story. Reading between the lines, I sense this formally attired, dapper gentleman might just be author Zoran ivkovi inserting himself into his story so he can converse with his main character. Steps Through the Mist is available as a stand-alone novel and also 1 of 5 short novels in Impossible Stories 1 published by Cadmus Press Serbian author Zoran ivkovi, born 1948
what zivkovic calls a mosaic novel, told in 5 parts from 5 stories, investigates the unreality of reality, via a metaphor of mist descending so that the character is totally enveloped and must rely on their inner dialog to figure out their fate (death, of course).
Reminiscent of the best of Frederic Brown, Anthony Boucher, and Jonathan Carroll, Serbian writer Zoran Zivkovics latest book Steps Through the Mists (Atelier Polaris, 2003) traverses the unpredictable worlds of Fate. A poor translation often destroys an otherwise good book. Zivkovic has used Copple-Tosic on most of his English translated works with good reason, as evident with Steps Through the Mist which reads like it was originally written in English. If this book hadnt been sent to me and if I werent already familiar with Zoran Zivkovic, I would have never picked this up, never mind read it. With this book, Zoran Zivkovic demonstrates why he is one of the great, although unheralded, masters of the contemporary fantasy.
I thought the ideas in the stories were presented with simplicity that was a bit lacking in complexity (I didn't mind that so much, but it just didn't take me long to read at all), but overall, I found the writing eloquent.
There are five simple stories about five different women. I don't love books that leave me feeling so strange. If you like weird psychologically disturbing stories, then you should check this book out.
I needed a book from the bottom shelf for my libraries winter reading club and I chose this one at random based solely on it's cover.
"Miss Alexandra dreamed that she was in an asylum for the mentally disturbed after a traffic accident in which she hurt her head. Miss Theodora dreamed that she was skiing.
In 1973 he graduated from the Department of General Literature with the theory of literature, Faculty of Philology of the University of Belgrade; he received his master's degree in 1979 and his doctorate in 1982 from the same school.