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10 thoughts on “The Tragic Fate of Moritz Toth

  1. says:

    3.5 stars Unusual and entertaining double narrative that takes on some large philosophical themes The language is, unfortunately, a little heavy on cliched metaphors, but this is a first novel Review to come Find my full review here


  2. says:

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.I was attracted to this book in part because I ve lived in both Serbia the author is Serbian and Hungary where the story takes place , and simply because the main character is my namesake Moritz Morris None of that was important to following the story.There s a certain Eastern European authorial tradition that feels that opacity, when mixed with a touch of drama, produces Literature In part, that may be because in so many countries, writers were compelled to use allegory and implication to avoid the censors Unfortunately, some of today s writers have kept the top layer of obfuscated allegory, but forgotten to include the deeper layers of meaning The result is both portentous and confusing, like a word search puzzle where they ve forgotten to put in the words Even celebrated writers seem sometimes to have forgotten to tell an interesting story.To be fair, Todorovic s book is not quite in that category it has neither the cynicism of Srjdan Valjarevic, nor the heavy handedness of Gyula Krudy It does have layers of meaning, but it also relies on narrative that is needlessly opaque, and drama that is mysterious, but never quite explained The book is a two track affair that follows both Moritz Tot and here the name seems mainly to be just the common Hungarian name, and not a reference to the German word a punk ish opera prompter, and Tobias Keller and again, the name seems not to bear dual meanings , a bureaucrat working for a distant and mysterious supreme being Moritz story mostly concerns his strange preoccupation with a man he sees from his window Keller s story describes his trial for breaching rules by interfering in the mundane world and Moritz life.The concept of the book is interesting, if not highly original, and much of the line by line writing is good Unfortunately, the pieces simply don t hang together well for one thing, the initial shift between sections is not obvious Moritz is obsessed by the man he sees, but his reactions are irrational, and he comes across as paranoid, leavened slightly by details about his life that never resolve into meaning For example, the book starts with his new job as an opera prompter I m not an opera fan, so perhaps a whole layer of subtext passed me by, but the job aspect just faded away in later chapters, and never really seemed relevant Moritz and others generally act in ways that normal, reasonable people simply would not do It s never explained, and it prevented me from ever really immersing myself in his world.Keller s world is interesting The trial mechanics are too self consciously Kafka esque for my taste Kafka did this already The mysterious supreme being is interesting, as are the moral and ethical dilemmas posed in Keller s thoughts The resolution, such as it is, is ambiguous I could have accepted that, but in the context of the Moritz story, the whole left me dissatisfied.Todorovic has done the English translation herself In many ways, that s a good thing who could be sure of getting the meaning correct Unfortunately, while her English is excellent, it s not perfect, and there s a pretty fair helping of incorrect tenses scattered throughout It doesn t mix well with the opaque text, sending the reader out of the story to wonder whether it s a complex hint, or just an error My reading suggested error Kudos for the language skills how many English speakers could translate their work into Serbian , but the book would have benefited from a final copy edit by a native speaker The larger problem, however, is not with the translation, but the style A fair example from mid book For this reason, by believing in the abovementioned idea, I was also obliged to hold on to other beliefs which, instead of facilitating the fruition of my original idea, ended up being an aggravating factor All in all, an interesting book, but not one that I felt paid off As noted, I ve found a large proportion of the region s Literature to have similar flaws, so if you re already a fan of East European writers, by all means try this book out If you re new to this tradition, I wouldn t advise this as the place to start.I d say it s a 2.5, but I rounded up to give translation flaws the benefit of the doubt.


  3. says:

    Although I know I can t do justice to explaining this book, other than what would be on the flyleaf or the back of the paperback A former punk rocker, Moritiz Toth is given a job as a prompter for at the opera house in Budapest, Hungary, when hearing the music of Puccini, he remembers his love for the violin which he sold for an electric guitar A parallel story is of Tobias Keller is brought up on charges of changing Toth s life path In the end these two stories converge.


  4. says:

    Following in the tradition of Kafka and Camus, this debut novel is the mindscape of an obsessive character feeling his way through the mire But, like Kafka and Camus, the character reveals just as much as the author as about the human condition For example, the feeling that you re being watched by two opposing forces, the one a tragically broken man and the other something like a guardian angel, could be a commentary on our common paranoia about our privacy being threatened and our every move tallied up, judged, or leading to an inevitable death This is a timely theme considering the current state of affairs in America and elsewhere where common folk are under the scrutiny of an ever present eye However, Todorovic s watchers are personal and sympathic, revealing that the author has a secret hope that all who watch are not enemies She never criticises her characters for their behaviour, but rather let s them stumble through until they ve found their own path, leaving it up to the reader to judge the very real emotions of Moritz The author writes Moritz struggle between his own sensitive nature and an untrustworthy world with tempered elegance, careful to not pull the string of the bow back too far, thus avoiding a rambling diatribe on obsessiveness, but instead writing a sharp love letter to every high energy thinker.I doubt Todorovic intended to make a swepting statement about humanity s wasted energy on self importance and fear Or maybe she did In any case, I would be hard pressed to find someone who didn t harbor a secret hope that there is a patient friend watching over us from another dimension, even the most cynical of readers I would recommend to anyone who thinks in order to overcome.


  5. says:

    Not unique in contemporary Serbian fiction, the unremarkable main character, Moritz Toth, believes himself to be at the centre of a conspiracy that is escalating to the point that his life is in imminent danger In actual fact, Moritz s entire life path is being observed by Tobias Keller, an advisor to the great overseer In his story, he finds himself in front of a disciplinary hearing for directly or indirectly, in a way influencing in Moritz s life path, something that is only permissible with prior authorisation The book works in that it is suspenseful and creates the necessary paranoia in Moritz s story and equally frustrating in the bureaucratic nature of Tobias proceedings Frustratingly, the accumulation of both stories lacks the necessary payoff, as the true identify of Ezekiel comes up short and Tobias intervention, that which supposedly drives forward all the events of the book, does not have compelling motivation behind it If simple apathy were cause for divine intervention, surely there would have been a whole lot of it.


  6. says:

    There are two distinct but related threads to this book, one fantastical and one grounded in the real world Unfortunately, I found the fantastical story of the celestial bureaucrat Tobias believable and grounded than the title character s travails in Hungary The cosmetic use of Moritz s move to and from Punk to classical musician seemed like little than a costume change, with no hint of any anarchy or punk ethos At times this felt a like a thought experiment or philosophy thesis than a novel, with an examination of causality and free will being of far interest to the writer than characterisation or credible plotting.Having said all that there were flashes of beauty and while it did feel that the translation was doing the prose no favours, there were moments where it shone.


  7. says:

    Dana Todorovic Orvel.


  8. says:

    An intelligent and entertaining novel which follows some very interesting characters through a perfectly interwoven dual plot It is fascinating the way the two plots are hinged to one another in the events of a single moment The phenomenon of causality is a prominent theme throughout, and is expertly explored in a variety of entertaining ways most notably in the mechanical manner of the sci fi reminiscent organization known as the Causal Authority, and most often in the personal manner of the characters tendency to at any time engage in self reflection regarding their own intentions These characters are highly intelligent, as is obviously the author, and as a result the novel is filled with moments of wisdom and insight In fact I have never read fiction which so seamlessly integrates philosophy into itself Also I was surprised to discover that this is a translation, for not only is the writing style very enjoyable, but the conveyance of thoughts and actions is spot on.


  9. says:

    I am writing this review as I was awarded the book through GoodReads FirstReads I am posting the review here and on LibraryThing A quirky piece of work Its reminiscent of Kafka and Camus Its a bit unpolished, and going from an I perspective to a narrative of Tobias every other chapter is a bit jarring, and I m not particularly fond of it I always have the view of if you use I chapters anywhere in a novel the entire novel should be first person outside of journal diary note entries.I enjoyed the novel and am eagerly awaiting from Dana.


  10. says:

    Read for CCLap review to come.


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