Sheikh Nuruddin is a respected dervish in an Islamic monastery in eighteenth century Bosnia. He learns his brother Harun has been arrested by the Ottoman authorities but he struggles to determine exactly what happened and what he should do. Slowly the Sheikh starts to probe and question society, power and life in general. Speaking the truth leads to his being physically assaulted in the streets and even arrested briefly. Ultimately he fights and challenges the injustice of the world by employing deceit which succeeds at the expense of innocent life. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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When his brother is arrested, he must descend into the Kafkaesque world of the Ottoman authorities in his search to discover what happened to him. In time, he begins to question his relations with society as a whole and, eventually, his life choices in general. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 14th by Northwestern University Press first published More Details Original Title.
Ahmed Nuruddin. Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Death and the Dervish , please sign up. I'm a Herman Hesse's fan, do should I read this one? Leela Koenig This is a master piece.
Took my breath away. See 1 question about Death and the Dervish…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Death and the Dervish. Jan 28, Lars K Jensen rated it it was amazing Shelves: classics.
Imagine a bag of candy with pieces of the most delicious pieces of candy inside. Each is so delicate and mouth-watering that you feel the need to expand the joy to as many minutes as possible, and it sweetens the soul, just like it does the tongue. This is basically what this book was like to me. It's not an easy read and thank God for that , but it's great literature. Such great literature.
The book written and a classic in Yugoslav literature is set in Sarajevo under Ottoman rule Imagine a bag of candy with pieces of the most delicious pieces of candy inside. The book written and a classic in Yugoslav literature is set in Sarajevo under Ottoman rule 18th century and has often been compared to The Trial by Franz Kafka , which is quite obvious when you think of the plot man vs.
I would, personally, describe it as a combination of both The Trial and Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky , based on the fact that the protagonist has long conversations with himself, mostly on doubt and indecisiveness. It's so riveting. The book is incredibly slow in its storyteling, so if you haven't got the patience or attention span for that, I pity you - and think you should read something else.
Maybe a magazine, or the subtitles to a Hollywood action movie. View all 8 comments. Apr 01, Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing. The hero wants to pass his time in prayers and the passive contemplation of divinity and the world but to live is to take sides, and taking sides is dangerous… I do not yet know what will be written here. But in the strokes of these letters at least some of what was in me will remain, no longer to perish in eddies of mist as if it had never been, or as if I had never known what happened.
In this way I will come to see how I became what I am — this self that is a mystery even to me. And yet it is a mystery to me that I have not always been what I am now.
I know these lines are muddled; my hand trembles at the task of disentanglement that I face, at the trial I now commence. Here I am everything: judge, witness, and accused. Nothing depends on you. There are plenty levels of morality for everyone… Moral is layered like onion skin… They dreamed of rulers who were good, but who was that?
As far as he was concerned, he dreamed of bribable ones, he liked them the most because there was a way to them. Worst are the honest ones, who need nothing, who have no human weaknesses, and know only about some higher law, which is almost incomprehensible to ordinary men. No one can do more evil than they can. They create enough hatred to last for a hundred years. But he who walks the path of moral compromises inevitably turns into an instrument of evil.
View 2 comments. Dec 16, Richard Derus rated it liked it Shelves: borrowed , returned. Real Rating: 3. Beautiful translated words confronting and comforting the human fear of love by the means of examining the easier-to-grasp fear of death. I've chosen some favorite phrases and liked them from the quotes. They appear below the review. I think the patience required to read a footnoted and glossary'd read won't allow its subtleties and tremendous pleasures to spread widely among US English-speaking readers.
Make no mistake: Ahmed Nuruddin is you, reader, a ma Real Rating: 3. Make no mistake: Ahmed Nuruddin is you, reader, a man whose loves and One True Love don't mark him out from the herd but place him in the center of it. He doesn't do a single thing that any one of us couldn't do, be it generous or cowardly or divinely inspired. It is simply that we wouldn't tread in his footsteps, wouldn't elect to give ourselves to an ideal in a world without respect for them. I give the book a paltry rating, based on those comments; I found it necessary to break my reading into smaller bites than I would have liked to do.
The feast is so rich, satisfying my word-lust in such short order, that I ended up feeling disconnected by the enforced consumption of many amuse-bouche reads between this book's courses.
I suspect many readers will be defeated by that very need. View all 3 comments. Aug 16, Ivana S. View all 6 comments. The writer of this book is from the city where I went to school. Our teacher urged us to read this book, not because it was a school assignment. She said this book makes you think.
And I read it and it was beautiful, beyond beautiful. But these quotations show you what a masterpiece this book is. I wish this book was more appreciated in the world. It is full of wisdom. I want to find an english version of this book. Sadly, this author is not well known outside the ex-Yugoslavian countries. It came back when I approached people. Sorry for all the mistakes that I made. This book is a huge favorite of mine and I'm quite surprised that I haven't written about it - yet.
But I'm here now to correct that and to pay homage to this unprecedented masterpiece of, I dare to say, world literature. When I first came across this book, I was frankly very, very, unimaginably young and even more so immature.
But, even at that period in my life, I din't fail to recognize that this novel is like a rare diamond that not many people are allowed to discover,understand and accept. Not This book is a huge favorite of mine and I'm quite surprised that I haven't written about it - yet. Not knowing where to start,and afraid I maybe won't transfer what lies in the depths of the wisdom that this book brings and gives, I would like to say what the novel is about in a couple of unpretentious sentences.
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