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Azerbaıjan in Serbıan Lıterature − Between Realıstıc Travelogue and Mystıcal Lure in Postmodern Lıterature

Author(s): Natasa Bulatovic

Journal: Khazar Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
ISSN 2223-2613

Volume: 14;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 63;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Azerbaijan | Nezami Ganjavi | Ivo Andrić | Miomir Petrović | Comparative method | Travel writing | Novel.

Using a comparative method, the author of this paper intends to show Azerbaijan as a literary motif that inspired two representative Serbian writers. Both used different literary forms, opposite styles and belonged to different epochs. Ivo Andrć, Serbian Nobel Prize Winner, wrote the poetic travel writing From my trip through Azerbaijan (Literary Gazette, 1948). With great admiration he describes a celebration of the 800th anniversary of the birth of a great Azerbaijani poet Nezami Ganjavi, customs and virtues of the people who live there, their culture and rich literary tradition. Miomir Petrovic, one of the foremost writers of the younger generation, published the novel Persian Mirror (subheading: novel-arabesque) in 2001. This novel has a complex structure with several genres exploited simultaneously, all imbued with lyrical intensity. Through a metaphysical adventure in the Middle East and the Caucasus, the hero of this novel finds the immortal verses of Nezami Ganjavi, whose poem Khusraw o Shirin gives answers to all his questions. The Azerbaijani cities of Baku and Ganja are key poetic toponyms in his quest.
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