Pavic, Milorad. Dictionary of the Khazars: A Lexicon Novel in 10,000 Words – Male Edition. New York published by Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.
Octavo, 338 pp.. First American edition. Maroon boards with gold lettering. Boards clean, lightly bumped corners; lower spine edge bumped; overall clean, solid and in lightly read condition: Fine
Surface wear and scuffs to dust wrapper, chipping to cover edges, corners worn through, approx. ¼” missing chip from back top edge, approx. 1” tear to lower back edge at spine, approx. 1/8” tear and crease to lower back edge; wear and chipping to spine; unclipped price ($19.95)light browning to interior wrapper: Good.
Written in two versions, male and female, which are identical save for seventeen crucial lines, Dictionary is the imaginary book of knowledge of the Khazars, a people who flourished somewhere beyond Transylvania between the seventh and ninth centuries. Eschewing conventional narrative and plot, this lexicon novel combines the dictionaries of the world's three major religions with entries that leap between past and future, featuring three unruly wise men, a book printed in poison ink, suicide by mirrors, a chimerical princess, a sect of priests who can infiltrate one's dreams, romances between the living and the dead, and much more.