Serbia: Get to Know the Khazars

I have read many interesting, and most definitely different books from what I usually read, during my reading trip around the world. Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavic. “The author advises the reader not to tackle this book unless he absolutely has to.” This is something you rarely read in the beginning of a book. This is by no means an ordinary book.

I read the female version of the book. It differs from the male version with seventeen sentences. The book is written in three parts; a Christian, a Muslim, and a Jewish part. It is about the Khazars, a people somewhere beyond Transylvanian the seventh to ninth centuries. It is a book I will have to read more than once, because I believe it takes time to fully understand it.

It is assured to the reader, in the beginning of the book that the reader will not die because he has read the book, unlike if the reader read the 1691 edition of the book. The Khazars are described as a powerful, warlike nomadic tribe. After reading the book, I do not doubt that. There are many tales in the book, tales that will take the reader to many interesting places and events. There are suicides by mirrors, love stories between dead and alive as well as so many others worth writing about, but can only be understood by reading the book.

One of the stories is about Adam Cadmon (in The Yellow book, Jewish book) “Adam Cadmon, who was both a man and a woman and born before eternity. They believe every person had his own letter in the Alphabet (not the one we use nowadays), and that every letter represented a special part of Adam Cadmon’s body. In many ways a philosophical as well as theological book, yet the stories are short and at the same time vivid with imagination and relatable in many ways.

I enjoyed reading the book, but writing about it is hard. It is extremely hard to review a book with so many layers. It is not a book for people who seldom read, or for someone who just like a bit of entertainment to escape their own reality for a moment. I recommend avid readers to tackle this one with an open mind, to expect the unexpected. It is a surprisingly easy and fast read, and highly entertaining.

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