Is Spain a massive nihilist literary experiment?

Lenox comments on Almería's latest tourism whizz: the incomprehensible in pursuit of the inexistent, perhaps. For some reason this recalled Milorad Pavić's Dictionary of the Khazars, a wearisome metaphor for the failure of Serbia, which I wouldn't necessarily recommend - I can't even remember whether I was given the male or the female edition. Some of the Khazars are said to have made it to Spain, but it would be hard to blame the sins of Pavić and Spanish public administrations on them.

Update: Candide says buy, so here's a link.


Tom said...


BUT... some people might actually be interested in dis shit. Like working out which buildings were where in Pl. Catalunya based on Orwell's descriptions. I mean, it's niche obnov but still. It could be more interesting than much of what actually is there.

trebots said...

I confess that Google cartography has got me hooked on the whole virtual tourism thing, and all I require is for timelines to go 3D with the built environment.

Candide said...

For some reason I am reminded of Pavic every day. Maybe because I live in Catalonia and Pavic asked how comes that Germans were allowed to unify, and Serbs (literary: Khazars) are not. And because he claimed that Serbs should make literally every effort to unite in one state.

"Ne sme se u ime tzv. mirne budućnosti žrtvovati vlastiti interes."* Into Catalan and Basque that would translate more or less as "if Spain messes up and sends in the tanks we'll win a lot [of sympathy]".

Maybe I'm tediously bringing this topic into my playground again, but the similarities are right there. And yes, I would recommend Pavic's book -plus a reading of the ensuing 25 years of Balkan history- to everyone in Spain, especially those Khazars like Basques, Catalans and Galicians. With a plea: would you please look at the outcome!

Almería-Pl. Catalunya... That's not Pavic, just Spanish romanticism vs Spanish de/construction frenzy, as if anybody cared.

*"One must not, in the name of a so-called peaceful future, sacrifice one's own interests."