Monday, May 23, 2016

Book Club: Michal Ajvaz - The Luxembourg Gardens


Because we all need a little spark of magic for the beginning of the week.
Today, let me introduce you to Michal Ajvaz's novel 'The Luxembourg Gardens' and walk you through the author's world of magic realism.

The story follows a series of events experienced by Parisian teacher Paul during the summer holidays. One morning, while procrastinating instead of working, he hits the wrong key on his computer keyboard and misspells a word. 
In his browser he gets only one search result for the unknown word Okitubis and instead of shutting it down and returning to his daily routine, Paul clicks on it and decides to explore the crazy and surreal story which unfolds in front of him which results in the best and the worst moments of his life.


The action is set in Paris, Niece, Nantes, New York State, Moscow, the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, Taormina and Lara, a town of author's invention. There's love, hate, crazy revenge, fear, travel, weird encounters, beginning of one story written in the unknown language and a teeny tiny private island which holds one crazy love story.

From the moment you open up the first page, let the imagination guide you from there on and before you know it, you'll be captivated by this new world which will make you question so many things. Open your mind to the unknown, try to find some sense in moments which actually make no sense at all and challenge yourself as a reader. 


Imagine hitting a wrong letter on your keyboard and discovering something new and unknown to the majority of the world. Imagine the excitement.
Imagine having a strange text in front of you written in a language only its author understands. Do you try to read it? Make some sense of it? Or do you just click 'close the tab' button and move on?

I dare you to spend some time in your fantasy world.
Imagine things. Create stories and worlds no one but you understands.
Step away from the routine and spice it up a bit with some magic.
Give deeper meanings to things you write, draw and film.
Go below the surface.
A stunning sunset can be so much more than only an epic scene just like your favourite Vans sneakers are actually way more than just a footwear you happen to love.
Challenge yourself and then the entire world around you.


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  1. nice post
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  2. Knjiga me je zaintrigirala već posle prvih rečenica tvog opisa. Ide na listu čitanja ovog trenutka :) Slažem se, svima nama treba malo magije. Npr. često uzimamo zdravo za gotovo neke trenutke i stvari koje smatramo običnim, a zapravo u takvim malim velikim stvarima se krija toliko toga samo ako smo otvorenog uma :)

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    1. Hvala ti, obavezno javi dojmove ako je pročitaš! :) I potpisujem zadnju rečenicu, zaista prečesto neke stvari uzimamo zdravo za gotovo i onda tek kad trenutak prođe shvatimo koliko je vrijedan bio.

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  3. Već kod onog krivo utipkano slova i samo jednog rezultata znala sam da je moram pročitati. Još kada sam vidjela kuda nas sve vodi knjiga - pun pogodak. Taman knjiga kakve volim, a tebi :* :* jer si mi skrenula pozornost na nju. :) <3

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    1. Mene je priča kupila nakon par pročitanih rečenica i onda još kad je radnja krenula u totalno ludom smjeru...ma jedva čekam i ostale njegove romane pročitati sad nakon ove! :) I hvalaaaa ti! :**

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  4. I love the pictures in this post. Sounds like such an interesting book, I just wish I could read it haha!
    Amy xx
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    1. Thanks a lot, Amy! Haha next time I'll try to find the english version of the books I recommend here on the blog so you can fully enjoy it! xx

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  5. zvuči kao odlična knjiga! volim te knjige koje nas uvlače u neki svoj svijet i koje nude odmak od svakodnevnoga...a sviđa mi se i tvoj savjet da pokušamo stvoriti neki svoj vlastiti svijet.

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    1. Hvala ti! :) I ja isto volim ovakve priče, krene sasvim obično i onda te odjednom ponese u nekom totalno ludom i nevjerojatnom smjeru...totalni užitak za čitanje i razmišljanje!

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    2. zvuči kao pravo osvježenje!

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  6. This sounds incredibly intriguing - would love to give it a go sometime soon!

    xx

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    1. Thanks, Erika, I'm sure you'd enjoy it! xx

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  7. This is absolutely wonderful!


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  8. Ohh you've made this sound fascinating! I'd love to delve into this book. It sounds dreamy.

    Corinne x
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    1. Thanks a lot, hope you'll manage to find it! :)

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  9. It looks like a really interesting book, I will add it to my read-list :p

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    Marta
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  10. wow, stunning pictures!

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  11. That's interesting :)

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    Federica

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  12. I'm so glad I found your blog :D I love the way you write! And this book, it sounds amazing!

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    1. Oh thank you so much for the kind words, it means a lot to me! <3 <3

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  13. Super mi zvuči... volim neočekivane romane s tom notom drugačijega... nikada ne sumnjam u tvoj izbor. Do sada me nikada nisi razočarala! :)

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  14. Zvuči baš zanimljivo, ni meni ne smeta ako ima neobičnih/nemogućih stvari.

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