Milorad Pavic

(b.1929 in Belgrade) is a Serbian poet, prose writer, translator, and literary historian. His most well-known work is Dictionary of the Khazars (1984), which has been translated into many languages.


“I always think of my reader. I offer him a choice – millions of possible paths for reading. And, the more the book he has read differs from the one I have written, the better I have dealt with my task.” In his Dictionary of the Khazars, Serbian author Milorad Pavic invites this kind of active reading and interpretation. In email correspondence with Ilmars Slapins, Pavic explains how he has been writing for some 200 years, why he has come to despise all pens, and how he sees the world.

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