A group of linked stories that memorialize Danilo Kis's early years in a Yugoslavian village. Kis, famous for The Encyclopedia of the Dead , Hourglass , and A Tomb for Boris Davidovich , was born there in 1935. All his work seeks to show the fundamental importance of his childhood experiences. This work covers his crucial first bereavements and humiliations. The 19 pieces strike various tones - from pastorals to exercises in humour. As Kis grows up, his childhood seems at first secure. He can only sense that terrible things may be going on in the world. And then one day, many people from the village are herded together and taken away, among them his father, the dreamer.
Working with great Czech, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, French, Italian, German, and Dutch authors, Michael Henry Heim-one of America's greatest translators-won many awards, including the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize, the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and the PEN Translation Prize. Danilo Kis was one of Serbia's most influential writers and the author of several novels and short-story collections, including A Tomb for Boris Davidovich, The Encyclopedia of the Dead, and Hourglass. In 1980 Kis was awarded the Grand Aigle d'Or from the city of Nice. He died in 1989 at the age of 54.