Author: Milorad Pavić (pronunciation: Millorahd Pahvich)
Book title: Last Love in Constantinople
Narrator: Nebojša Skenderi (pronunciation: Neboysha)
Duration: 3 hours and 54 minutes
No. of pages in black print: 195
Publisher: Prosveta (pronunciation: Prossveta)
Place and year of publishing: Belgrade, 1994.
About the book:
The subtitle to the book is – A Tarot Novel for Divination along which you get a set of tarot cards. Twenty-two sections of the novel are divided in the spirit of Major Arcana and that is the authors suit of cards which the reader models upon its own imagination, just like the main character of the novel Haralampije Opujić [Haralampyeh Opou-yeach], who interprets his destiny rings and the life ones. The secrets of the Arcana tarot are a ticket to the magic world of Pavić’s prose where every new throw creates a new image of the world and destiny of the literary heroes but also a thought that the author whispers to us from the immediate proximity; simultaneity of the life and game is the only mode of duration as long as the layout of both author’s and reader’s cards are identical, on the thin border between the literature and life. We comprehend the border only when we cross it in the maze of this novel, and that is when, usually, it is late – it is time for new opening. The way you open your tarot is the way the story of the book will open and be put together.