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The Art-House Crowd

Daniel Soar: Svetislav Basara’s fictions, 5 May 2005

Chinese Letter 
by Svetislav Basara, translated by Ana Lucic.
Dalkey Archive, 132 pp., £7.99, January 2005, 9781564783745
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... Is anybody listening? This isn’t a question that detains most eminent Western writers of fiction, whose able conjurings of hot-air balloon disasters relived in appalled slow motion, or of multiple family unravellings that refigure the world, are the engines of supercharged literature. But the great novelists have a problem. They’re expected to perform, and in order to perform they have to submit to their own fiction, which – in the manner of any great performance – has to be oratorical and technically faultless ...

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