“The Clay Writer”

Zoran Živković’s new non-fiction book, The Clay Writer: Shaping in Creative Writing, another one published by the prestigious Springer, is just out.

This concise volume by the well-known Serbian writer and literary researcher summarizes his decade-long experience of teaching creative writing at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade.

Always offering attendees four good reasons for not attending his course, or, in a broader perspective, discouraging them from professional writing altogether, the author reflects ultimately on what it really takes to become a writer of literary fiction.

This essay, which makes up the first part of this work, is complemented by a selection of witty short stories, forming the second part, and which have been used as templates in the teaching context.

“The Washington Post” on Zoran Živković

The Zoran Zivkovic Collection” (Cadmus Press). The complete fiction — in 11 volumes — of arguably the most remarkable fabulist since Borges and Calvino. See also Zivkovic’s First Contact and Time Travel: Selected Essays and Short Stories” (Springer).

Michael Dirda, “The Washington Post”, November 28th, 2018