An award-winning collection of stories from a promising young Bosnian writer; The protagonists of The Second Book, are connected vertically and horizontally by their struggles. Nietzsche, on the edge of madness, spends a number of mornings contemplating his sweeping ideas and the tiny details of life through hazes left by ""the gluey fingers of sleep."" In ""The Hot Sun's Golden Circle,"" the pharaoh Amenhotep IV, discoverer of monotheism, embarks on a search for the only true god of Egypt. Bazdulj's charming and funny ""The Story of Two Brothers"" examines the lives of William and Henry James from the shadows of the Old Testament and the age-old archetype of conflict between an eldest brother and the ""maladjusted impracticality"" of the younger. Muharem Bazdulj has broken from the pack of new Eastern European writers influenced by innovators such as Danilo Kis, Milan Kundera, and Jorge Luis Borges. Employing a light touch, a daring anti-nationalist tone, and the kind of ambition that inspires nothing less than a rewriting of Bosnian and Yugoslavian history, Bazdulj weaves the imagined realities of history into fiction and fiction into history. To quote one critic, for Bazdulj history ""is the sum of interpretations while imagination is the sum of facts.
Muharem Bazdulj is a novelist, short story writer, and essayist born in 1977. His other books include One Like a Song and Trinity of Travnik. He lives in Sarajevo. Andrew Wachtel is Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Northwestern University. He is the editor of Intersections and Transpositions: Russian Music, Literature and Society (1998) and Petrushka: Sources and Contexts (1998), both published by Northwestern University Press. Oleg Andric was born and raised in Sarajevo. Since 1992 he has been living in Florida. Although an electrical engineer by trade, he finds enjoyment in translating from the language in which he dreams to the language in which he lives.