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Steps Through the Mist

by
Zoran Živković


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Title: Steps Through the Mist
Author: Zoran Živković
Genre: Novel
Written: 2003 (Eng. 2007)
Length: 125 pages
Original in: Serbo-Croatian
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  • A Mosaic Novel
  • Serbian title: Koraci kroz maglu
  • Translated by Alice Copple-Tošić

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Our Assessment:

B+ : small, but nicely done

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The complete review's Review:

       Steps Through the Mist is 'A Mosaic Novel' of five stories, each of which is enveloped in a form of mist -- as are, often, the characters. Throughout there are characters who can see differently than others through these mists -- a girl who visits the dreams of others, or several who, in one form or another, see the future(s) -- and are overwhelmed by them.
       Several of the episodes are narrated by or center on those who are skeptical of the claims of these more clear-sighted characters, and what lifts these stories beyond mere playful speculative science fiction is Živković's effective use of ambiguity: these are uncertain worlds he describes, with characters suddenly confronted with tall stories and outlandish-seeming claims -- and yet for the most part these characters can then choose to ignore the confessions they've heard and pretend everything is (almost) as it always was, and as it should be.
       Živković tells these simple stories very well, too, careful not to overdo it yet also confident in his fantasies. This is a fairly small, loosely connected collection -- variations on a theme rather than full-fledged novel -- but quite accomplished and certainly entertaining. A fine little read.

- M.A.Orthofer, 2 November 2011

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About the Author:

       Zoran Živković was born in Belgrade in 1948.

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