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Vintage Hardback Book - The Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavic, 1988 Male Edition

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Vintage hardback: Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavic, 1988 Edition

Dictionary of the Khazars: A Lexicon Novel is the first novel by Serbian writer Milorad Pavić.
There is no easily discerned plot in the conventional sense, but the central question of the book (the mass religious conversion of the Khazar people) is based on an historical event generally dated to the last decades of the 8th century or the early 9th century when the Khazar royalty and nobility converted to Judaism, and part of the general population followed. However, most of the characters and events described in the novel are entirely fictional, as is the culture ascribed to the Khazars in the book, which bears little resemblance to any literary or archeological evidence.
The novel takes the form of three cross-referenced mini-encyclopedias, each compiled from the sources of one of the Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Islam, and Judaism). In his introduction to the work, Pavic wrote: "No chronology will be observed here, nor is one necessary. Hence each reader will put together the book for himself, as in a game of dominoes or cards, and, as with a mirror, he will get out of this dictionary as much as he puts into it, for you [...] cannot get more out of the truth than what you put into it."

The book comes in two different editions, one "Male" and one "Female", which differ in only a critical passage in a single paragraph. This is the Male Edition.

The book is overall in fair condition for its age; it does show wear to the dustjacket, particularly around the edges, as well as a bit of wear to the cover, some sticker residue on in the inner flyleaf, and an inscription to the original owner in ballpoint pen.

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Vintage Hardback Book - The Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavic, 1988 Male Edition


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