Landscape Painted with Tea

Landscape Painted with Tea

Milorad Pavić / Jul 23, 2019

Landscape Painted with Tea By the author of the highly acclaimed literary bestseller Dictionary of the Khazars this is a tale of a mysterious quest that is part modern Odyssey and part crossword puzzle It begins with the story

  • Title: Landscape Painted with Tea
  • Author: Milorad Pavić
  • ISBN: 9780679733447
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • By the author of the highly acclaimed literary bestseller Dictionary of the Khazars, this is a tale of a mysterious quest that is part modern Odyssey and part crossword puzzle It begins with the story of a brilliant but failed architect in Belgrade and his search for his father, an officer who vanished in Greece during World War II The truth about his fate some of it sBy the author of the highly acclaimed literary bestseller Dictionary of the Khazars, this is a tale of a mysterious quest that is part modern Odyssey and part crossword puzzle It begins with the story of a brilliant but failed architect in Belgrade and his search for his father, an officer who vanished in Greece during World War II The truth about his fate some of it set in motion 2,000 years ago and some of it by the Nazis is raveled in the history and secrets of Mount Athos, the most ancient of all monasteries, perched atop its inaccessible mountain on the Aegean A hugely ambitious, playful, inventive, demanding, magical, linguistically sensuous reading experience The Washington Post A brilliantly playful and haunting novel The New York Times Book Review

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      • Milorad Pavić

        Milorad Pavi was a Serbian poet, prose writer, translator, and literary historian.Pavi wrote five novels which were translated into English Dictionary of the Khazars A Lexicon Novel, Landscape Painted With Tea, Inner Side of the Wind, Last Love in Constantinople and Unique Item as well as many short stories not in English translation.


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    1. This book opens like your standard novel of a Serbian middle aged architect's life falling apart and his road trip to Mount Athos to search for his father who disappeared during the second world war with your usual division of men into either cenobites (sociable, communal, and adherents of Jesus Christ) or idiorrhythmics (solitary, generally hermits, and devotees of the Virgin Mary) (view spoiler)[ hey, hey! This can be the new tea party game, instead of following Isaiah Berlin's idea and asking [...]


    2. You might ask yourself: "Isn't it a bit too much to expect, that a reader should become an author at the very end of the book?" - "Would it be too much to expect a person solving crossword puzzles to make use of a pencil?" While possibly a poor translation of the Serbian original, the quote should suffice as a glimpse into the unique relationship the book and it's characters have with the reader (while certainly no metafiction). In fact, it is the first novel which made me pick up a pencil and u [...]


    3. Hmmmm. I wanted to like this book more. The author is a poet and it shows. This book is densely packed with arresting images, entertaining descriptions and entirely unpredictable events. I don't mind a disjointed plot, twisted time sequences, and surrealism in general, but by the end, I just didn't care anymore. While it was sometimes beautifully written and always inventive, the last third of the book or so I found I was having to force myself to get back to it, as the author seemed to become l [...]


    4. Kind of like Marquez in eastern Europe, this book switches off and on between playful, haunting, and tragic, and ends up just being downright cool in its characterization and narrative patterns which keep the reader delightfully engaged in spite of the heavy mystery that pervades many of the books most beautiful moments. The reader is asked at one point to fall in love with one of the characters, and the last two thirds of the book are arranged as a crossword puzzle. Worth the trip.


    5. Милорад плетёт свой узор, и из него получается то словарь, то кроссворд, то книга-перевёртыш, то ящик для письменных принадлежностей А то и вовсе пейзаж, нарисованный чаем.upd. Прочитал эту книгу как идиоритмик и как кенобит, первый подход мне ближе. XX век в литературе начал Дж [...]


    6. Najviša ocjena. Naš Milorad Pavić je poznatiji po Hazarskom Rječniku, ali mislim da je Predeo bolji. Knjigu sam čitao u avionu, pridremao, i neko mi mazno. Vala, neka mu, barem če pročitati nešto što valja.



    7. Faute de pouvoir lui donner cinq étrons, je lui donne une étoile.Pavic became internationally famous with his first novel "The Dictionary of the Khazars" which was written in the form of a dictionary or lexicon. "Landscape Painted with Tea", his second novel, is written in the form of a cross-word. He explains why on pages 186-187: "Why now introduce a new way of reading a book, instead of one that moves, like life, from beginning to end, from birth to death? The answer is simple: because any [...]


    8. Brilliant, beautiful, weird, obtuse, and ultimately satisfying if you let it be what it is. If a novel is a road to somewhere and you occasionally look out the window, you'll hate this book. If the road is a means to experience things as they come then read this book. It takes a certain sense of whimsy, and a love of unusual language. If you like Marquez and Murakami, this is the deep end of the pool.


    9. I wanted to like this book. However, reading this book was like walking in water up to my thighs in the ocean. The words were weighty, written as, it appeared, to purposefully impede my progress. Every once in awhile a wave of amazing insight would push against me, bringing some novelty of freshness.The story felt disjointed at its worst, interesting, but not compelling at its best. Sometimes it seemed that the translation might have been missing something or that a colloquialism or cliche just [...]


    10. I was really trying hard to understand and love this book, but it did not happen. I think it should be read at least two or three times, and not always page by page, but to read it as author suggested it - a little bit here, a little bit there Sentences are very well organized, and if we analyse it separately it would be remarkable - poetic thoughts are well combined and are very inspirational. But, when you read it together, as a book, it just doesn't make sense! Some parts I have read over, an [...]


    11. I stuck it out for 200 pages and am now calling it quits. It's beautifully written, but more like a 400 page poem and I just don't have the patience for it. I appreciate it but am finally ready to admit that it is just not my thing.



    12. Knees Need To Read, Thumbs Only TwiddleAs exceptional Serbian author, Milorad Pavic always says, "The future always starts from the large intestine." This may be taken as either prophecy or advice. In either case, you should begin the rest of your future by getting ahold of this novel. Of course, as he says, "Whoever wants the second half of life has to remain in the first half of everything else." Let's hope this does not mean your large intestine. But if we concentrate on Pavic' story, rather [...]


    13. Since this book would probably fall under Magical Realism, it was pretty heavy to read. I made the mistake of putting it down for a while and when I picked it back up I had nO fudging idEA what was going on.Here's the brass tacks: surreal prose can be a real treat; pedophilia not so much.





    14. Pavić retrace l'itinéraire de deux communautés monastiques serbes qui gagnèrent le Mont-Athos autour du XIe siècle : Les cénobites, vivant sur le principe de la collaboration, et les idiorythmiques, moines solitaires consacrés à la Vierge. Or, les cénobites jouissaient de privilèges au sein du monastère grec, et nombreux étaient les idiorythmiques qui, désirant changer d'ordre en dépit de la ségrégation spirituelle, disparaissaient et, s'étant fait oublier, réapparaissaient des [...]


    15. I just finished this book the last week or so and I am still intrigued by it. Though I had the advantage of knowing some things about Orthodox Christianity, I faced some difficulties in the second part of the book, the puzzle part. I am not sure I understood everything, as my reading was quite fragmented I am not capable of reading it all over again neither, because it somehow let me the feeling it is not meant to be understood, but to be felt and properly "digested" by each reader. Meta-fiction [...]


    16. I heard about this book from an article about the 10 worst indexes (it was for school but don't think it wasn't fascinating). It had some interesting things going on pertaining to the nature of the relationship between book and reader and was in some ways a concept novel; my problem is that either I didn't get it or it just wasn't executed well. There were times when I thought the book was doing some really interesting things and times when I had absolutely no idea what was going on. It was a ha [...]


    17. This was the only novel in our house that I hadn't read and wasn't a Chinese novel when I wanted to start a new book the other day. Though I think we have it because it has something to do with dictionaries and thus Colin's thesis. Hummm. I really must read more books this semester. Be read I mean not look at pictures of buildings with text next to it. I'll do more of that too, but one must be diverse.Interesting book at the end of the day. More than anything it was immensely confusing, but in t [...]


    18. Unlike any book I've read. Pavic begins with an interesting and straight-forward account of a son seeking his father. Then he splits his book into several narratives, weaving among them as he chooses.The most amazing aspect of this book is that it's structured like a crossword puzzle. You can read the book cover-to-cover in the usual way, or you can skip ahead and read the chapters that all pertain to one narrative. Great prose and good story. I ended up finishing this book after the class I rea [...]


    19. After reading the Dictionary of the Khazars and the beginning of the book, you can think that they move at the same rythm and nothing much could be expected in terms of novelty.Nothing could be more far from the truth.Suddenly, Mr. Pavic turns the world down and across making a novel like a crossword puzzle. It breaks the fourth wall in the most unexpected ways. He keeps the level of fantasy high while developing a very intimate and human narrative. History and fiction are interwoven in oniric l [...]


    20. I decided to read this book years after I read and re-read "The Dictionary of the Khazars"—which happens to be one of the best and most interesting books I've read. In the case of "Landscape…", though, the hyper baroque style lacked the depth and History research that supported "The Dictionary…". Thus, the habit of incorporating oxymorons and unrelated concepts into the same sentence became somewhat excessive and distracting. But still, Pavic was quite a respectable writer, and we'll miss [...]


    21. The description mesmerized me, the first few pages held beautiful quotes, but honestly I couldn't make it through. I think this may be due more to a poor translation of the original than the actual content of the work, but I found myself stumbling over much of the prose when I really really wanted to keep going. Fascinating plot, just wish I understood Serbian! In the original I am sure it's elegant and captivating - my copy however, felt like it had been put through an old version of Google tra [...]


    22. Pregosta, prebogata metaforika za mojo sedanjo bralno eksistenco. KEr sem bil leta 1989 ob prvembranju navdušen, citiram Pavića: "I knjigu, ako od nje očekujete čudo, treba čitati dva puta. Jednom je treba pročitati u mladosti dok ste mlađi odnjenih junaka; drugi put kad stezašli u godine i kada junaci knjige postanu mlađi od vas. Tako čete ih videti sa obe strane njihovih godina, a i oni će moći vas da stave naispit sa one strane sata, gde vreme stoji"


    23. This book has taken a long (for me, very long) time to read. It could be just that I’m teaching four classes, I’ve had out-of-town visitors, etc. And the compulsive knitting has eaten away at my reading time. But it’s also that this book jumps around narratively, and it’s tough to grab onto the next thread of narrative when you’re already sleepy. Strange, dark, dreamy, sensual, disjointed. Mt. Athos to LA.


    24. This is a difficult, but a very rewarding read. I started reading it first when my daughter was born; she will turn 11 this November and I'm still nowhere near finishing the book.You read, you ponder, you despair at the language, the layers, the translation and then you read again. RIP Milorad Pavich, you are gone much too early.


    25. Along with Borges and Cortázar, the Serbian writer Milorad Pavić was a great experimenter in non-linear narratives, creating dense labyrinths of prose, full of historical and mythical stories, parables and anecdotes and strange Balkan magicnrd/blog/archive/200


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