Koraci kroz maglu (Read) By Zoran Živković

CHARACTERS Koraci kroz maglu

And when an elderly woman's precious alarm clock suddenly breaks she suffers a vivid and troubling encounter with her past An enticing mix of the ordinary with the surreal and the mundane with the sublime these tales uietly twist trusted concep So bizarre Can a girl visit the dreams of others What is a dream and what is reality Should someone be allowed to dictate the future Can you stop time What if you re dead and can t tell Can you choose when it s time to dieThis book creeped me out There s no logical reason as to why it freaked me out as much as it did There are five simple stories about five different women Through every story flows the ethereal mist disguising and distorting reality The women themselves were a little shall we say strange Then they had these bizarre experiences that left the reader wondering what was true and what was imagined I honestly can t explain why it was so disturbing but it was I couldn t read it at night I gave it two stars because I didn t love it I don t love books that leave me feeling so strange Also I think the author was trying to make a point but I couldn t really figure out what it was If you like weird psychologically disturbing stories then you should check this book out

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Koraci kroz maglu

Five women in various stages of life all connected by a mysterious obscuring mist face the deterministic trap of fate in this mosaic novel A freshman at a girl's boarding school gains the strange ability to share other people's dreams whereas a Steps Through the Mist Serbian author Zoran ivkovi s 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 that s 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 To observe these themes in action let s turn to each tale 1 Disorder in the HeadWe are in the classroom at a girl s boarding school and watch as twenty six freshman obediently stand at attention when their teacher Miss Emily enters All the girls are wearing identical navy blue dresses covering their youthful bodies from the neck to well below their knees and have their hair pulled back in braids 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 student s 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 They must be given a lesson in public humiliation for their own good True to form today there are three such girls Alexandra Theodora and Clara As she has always done Miss Emily has the three girls stand and castigates them one by one for lying Miss Emily then asks what they have to say for themselves An uneasy silence pervades the room Miss Emily takes satisfaction in the girls upset and tears And then the unexpected happens a barely audible voice They didn t lie What Such insolence Miss Emily asks the name of the girl who dared speak Miss Irena she answers Miss Emily recalls something and pulls out from her stack of papers a blank sheet from the bottom Miss Emily holds up the sheet that s blank other than the student s name at the bottom Ah you are the one Very nice And this was your dream 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 people s dreams including the dreams of Alexandra Theodora and Clara Therefore Irena continues she knows all three of her classmates reported their actual true dreams Taken aback momentarily Miss Emily collects herself and accuses Irena of lying and colluding with those other three lairs Again the unexpected Irena informs Miss Emily she has also entered her dream and goes on to recount Miss Emily s dream in detail Flabbergasted but still maintaining her wits Miss Emily orders Irena to the principal s office 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 Miss Emily responds We had no idea that someone so important was with us To which Irena answers I m not at all important uite the contrary I am very secondary This is not my dream I am only a guest in it as usual But when I leave it the dream will cease to be 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 And how about the classroom vanishing into mist Isn t that an accurate image of what happens when a writer finishes a story In other words the characters are vitally alive in the imagination of an author during the actual writing process but when the last sentence is completed and the writer moves on to other things the characters and everything else in the story fade into mist Likewise readers bring characters to life while reading but what fate awaits those characters once the story is over and one closes the book If you are like me the characters dissolve into mist and remain as mist until they are retrieved by memory 2 Hole in the WallWe join Dr Alexander as she enters a padded cell where following a suicide attempt twenty six year old Katarina sits in a straitjacket leaning against the back wall As is her usual practice Dr Alexander also takes a seat as encouragement for a patient to feel relaxed and open up Fortunately Katarina has no problem talking about her suicide attempt in her own mind an attempt that was a logical conseuence of her head injury in an auto accident Logical conseuence Oh yes as Katerina explains following her accident she cannot only see into the future but she can also choose which one of the possible futures will manifest both for herself and for everyone else hardly a gift of an unendurable burden Dr Alexander knows from experience she must proceed with caution as she engages Katerina in a discussion touching on freedom chance and determinism You will have to read for yourself to see how this provocative tale plays out but let s again switch to the theme of author and story At one point Katerina speak of her vision of the future It starts to shine with an internal glow turning transparent and expanding at the same time pushing the others into the background In the end it fills up the beam s whole space That s all there is that one future that will become real It stands before you crystal clear Everything can be seen in that one strand that has detached itself and expanded Everything that will happen Ha Irony of ironies This sounds precisely the way many fiction writers proceed with their stories especially if those writers are like Zoran ivkovi who told an interviewer When I come to my desk to begin a new story or a new novel I know very little about it at least on a conscious level It is in my subconscious that the work is already fully formed waiting to be transferred to my monitor via my keyboard 3 Geese in the MistOur attractive thirty something narrator is having one of those days the hot water in her ski resort hotel bathroom was turned off a kid suirted her with ketchup at breakfast and then when she was nearly all bundled up in her ski wear she tore a nail Can things get any worse Unfortunately they can turns out the person sitting next to her on the two seater ski lift isn t another skier but some sixty year old gent wearing a dress hat bow tie and fancy shoes And then halfway up the slope the energy cuts out Ahh As if reading her thoughts Mister Formality tells her the energy will be restored in exactly seven and a half minutes Oh you must be clairvoyant He tells her he is not at all clairvoyant She presses him on his seeming omniscience and the gentleman begins to explain the dynamics of life in terms of the metaphysics of cause and effect Oh no It most definitely is one of those daysMore than you can guess madam 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 Certainly the most humorous tale in Steps Through the Mist 4 Line on the PalmA seasoned clairvoyant s current client is not the usual middle aged man or woman looking to her for a guarantee of living to a ripe old age but a young man who turns out to be a philosopher in possession of a few unpleasant surprises not the least of which is a loaded pistol The tension between freedom and determinism is about to take a serious turn 5 Alarm Clock on the Night TableElderly Miss Margarita pops awake and knows for certain something is terribly wrong Can an alarm clock s malfunction have alarming no pun intended results Yes it can A tale with too much mystery for me to say anything further When asked by an interviewer to name authors who have had an influence on his writing as part of his reply Zoran ivkovi stated he has great respect for the allusive webbing of Kazuo Ishiguro s prose I m happy to report there is a measure of Ishiguro style allusive webbing in Steps Through the Mist adding a special piuancy I encourage you to take the needed steps to read this short novel for yourself 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 PressSerbian author Zoran ivkovi born 1948

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Young woman in a straitjacket desperately tries to select a very particular future from among countless possibilities A middle aged skier refuses to be a puppet on a string while a mature fortune teller experiences a faltering faith in her trade Reminiscent of the best of Frederic Brown Anthony Boucher and Jonathan Carroll Serbian writer Zoran Zivkovic s latest book Steps Through the Mists Atelier Polaris 2003 traverses the unpredictable worlds of Fate Five women of various ages occupations and mental states encounter their uniue futures a school girl journeys in others dreams a woman in a straightjacket not only sees the future but determines it as well a middle aged skier encounters a mysterious being who attempts to control her a fraudulent fortune teller who mistrusts her own abilities and an old lady whose precious alarm clock breaks Through five short stories Zivkovic weaves these disparate elements into a masterpiece that can t be laid downSteps Through the Mist is littered with scenes that uestion what is real and what is not The endings are almost all shockers but of the good kind The surprise that puts everything into context or of the type that you hope the writer would go through with if they had the balls or the vision Zivkovic has both in spades And the talent His writing is deceptively simple and beautifully elegant all at the same time His translator Alice Copple Tosic is to be congratulated 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 The prose is flawlessZivkovic brings us into the minds of the women We become familiar with each one s fears hopes and neuroses As each made her way through the mists to the future I empathized with her plight Their confusion trepidation and concerns became my ownMy complaints about this book are mainly cosmetic and most of them rise out of my experience as a bookseller and publisher Though nicely packaged with good cover stock and uality paper there is nothing on the outside of the book to tell you about it On the cover is an attractive painting with the author and title The back cover is black with a small moon and the publisher s logo If this book hadn t been sent to me and if I weren t already familiar with Zoran Zivkovic I would have never picked this up never mind read it Sadly these problems along with the current lack of distribution will most likely prevent Steps Through the Mist from getting the audience it deservesWith this book Zoran Zivkovic demonstrates why he is one of the great although unheralded masters of the contemporary fantasy Steps Through the Mist is a must have for people who like their fiction a little surreal and a lot off center This review originally appeared on RevolutionSFLink

10 thoughts on “Koraci kroz maglu

  1. says:

    Steps Through the Mist Serbian author Zoran Živković’s 80 page “mosaic novel” features a different woman in each of its five tales begi

  2. says:

    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 i like zivkovic for has style of very matter of fact telling but very surre

  3. says:

    Five interlocking short stories that walk through the eternal debate is life predetermined or is it left up to chance Can possibly leave you feeling a tad creeped out Don't read before you go to sleep for a thor

  4. says:

    A handful of decent short stories 35 stars

  5. says:

    Reminiscent of the best of Frederic Brown Anthony Boucher and Jonathan Carroll Serbian writer Zoran Zivkovic’s latest book Steps T

  6. says:

    Before reading this book I knew nothing about either the author or of the work itself In fact the only reason I picked this up was because I happened to be at an event at my local library and being early as usual decided to browse the shelves In doing so this particular book caught my eye due largely to the fact that it was much smaller than the rest of the books near it as well as it's lovely cover with black and silver adornments I dec

  7. says:

    I really was drawn in by this book because it was so mysterious I had no idea what to expect There was no description just a black book with an interesting title I loved the writing style; the book contained a few short stories which all had a sense of chilling finality to them all feeling complete as they were read on their own yet were connected to a central theme which gave the stories some fluency as they s

  8. says:

    So bizarre Can a girl visit the dreams of others What is a dream and what is reality Should someone be allowed to dictate the future Can you stop time What if you're dead and can't tell Can you choose when it's time to dieThis book creeped me out There's no logical reason as to why it freaked me out as much as it did There are fi

  9. says:

    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 I didn't read what it was about or who the author was I barely even paid attention to the title until after

  10. says:

    Miss Alexandra dreamed that she was in an asylum for the mentally disturbed after a traffic accident in which she hurt her head She had terrible visions that frightened her A doctor came to visit and she told him about her visions but he didn't believe them Miss Theodora dreamed that she was skiing An unusually dressed m

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