Mutilar Bankett is a web platform for electronic publishing and academic communication in the humanities and social sciences. His nerves were giving way. He died in his villa Gvozd in Zagreb, on 29 December and was given a state funeral in Zagreb on 4 January Amazon Business Service for business customers. To ask other readers questions about The Banquet in Blitvaplease sign up. The novel is a barely concealed reference to rivalries, claims and demands of various of the Balkan states of the inter-war era wrapped up in a tale of deceit, rivalries and power in close to imaginary Baltic states of the same era. Dome Mithridatium rated it did not like it Mar 30, After the suppression of the movement, he became almost completely politically and intellectually inactive till his death.
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The Banquet in Blitva is one of the great satirical novels of the twentieth century. Like all the best satire, it leaves the object of its mockery behind, standing alone as a work of art even for readers who may have no idea what it actually parodies. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.
We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. The first two parts were first published in , long before the third part , so there is some historic precedent; still, it seems a shame to only have the incomplete story.
Blitva is an imaginary Central European country, a state like many that were shaken loose from the collapse of the Hapsburg Empire. The borders drawn up after left more Blitvinians outside the newly declared republic than within its borders, most in neighbouring, hated Blatvia.
It finds an identity in a fierce nationalism, but that to the detriment of any true advancement, wasting lives and energy on futile militarist posturing and ill-conceived attacks. The leader of this sorry little state is Colonel Kristian Barutanski, a prototypical dictator whose excuse and rationale is always: Blitva: For Barutanski, only a single thought existed: Blitva.
A fanatic, limited, blindly one-sided, undaunted, a typical gambler who put his all on a single card and won, throughout his life hje played the role of the love-sick troubadour who struck his mandolin beneath the balcony of his beloved Blitva. He cares little for the citizens of Blitva, or for anything much beyond the nationalist ideal.
Firmly in power, he is now faced with some threat from an old schoolmate and former friend, Dr. The Banquet in Blitva focusses on the conflict between these two foes, Nielsen thrust into a political role he does not want to fill, and Barutanski trying to cling to power and his nationalist ideals at all cost. Blitvian culture, society, and politics are all described, in their absurdity and rigidity, as the two men move and are moved against each other.
There are significant secondary characters, from Cardinal Armstrong, who has a pet monkey called Giordano Bruno so-called simply "out of spite for the dignity of human intelligence! His whole skull was loose. Blitva was loose. The international situation was utterly obscure. His physique in general, of late, showed a great mass of ailments.
Something was happening to his appendix. His tonsils were rotten. His nerves were giving way. The conflict -- a battle for what Blitva might be, and for what role Barutanski and Nielsen might have in leading it to that point, and their personal struggles with themselves and each other -- is well-presented, and stories of life in general in Blitva for everyone from artists to high society give a good sense of this damaged Balkan state.
The book is, however, relentless: not so much fast-paced as intense, and never letting up, making for a sometimes wearying read.
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All personal questions, all the circles of personal Blitvinian existence for the last hundred years, trembled, died, and rotted in the shadow of this question. Marta rated it really liked it Mar 03, Njegova je ideja ova: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This was endeavored for sound reasons. We will be glad to provide it with information about OpenEdition and its subscription offers. This same poetic inspiration fluoresced with a magic glow, even at the time when, in Blitva, everything appeared bliti be on its deathbed.
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