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30 years have passed from the first edition of the ''Dictionary of the Khazars'' – a lexicon novel in 100.000 words by Milorad Pavić (1929 – 2009). From 1984. up to today more than a million copies of the novel have been sold in ex-Yugoslavia and Serbia, and it has had 103 editions (ordinary, digital and audio editions) in 36 languages. The novel which takes the shape of dictionary entries tells the story of three religions – Christianism, Judaism and Islam, of the lost Khazar empire, the Middle Ages, baroque and modern era, of dreams and Dream hunters. The novel has been named ''the first novel of the 21st century'' by literary critics worldwide.

All around the world from New York to Moscow there are plays based on this novel, there are performances, exhibitions inspired by the book, there are clubs of fans of Pavić, the novel is being analyzed in the literary departments in various faculties and universities from all over the world, people are writing master and PhD thesis about the novel, they are making comics and Facebook pages…

Milorad Pavić was nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature. The Library of the University of Novi Sad (Serbia), where he was the dean was named after him, and there are two monuments – one in the centre of Belgrade (Tašmajdan) and one in Moscow (the Building of Foreign Literature).

The manuscript of the ’’Dictionary of the Khazars’’ is in his Bequest in Belgrade, and facsimile of the manuscript is in the Museum of Literature in Baku (Azerbaijan). 



Jasmina Mihajlović's interview

TV – Pavić’s monument in Moscow

A piece about 30 years from the first edition of the ''Dictionary of the Khazars'' - Dnevnik 2 RTS, 6. 07. 2014.Култура/1641905/Три+деценије+"Хазарског+речника"+.html


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The manuscript of the ’’Dictionary of the Khazars’’ (the Bequest of Milorad Pavić in Belgrade)


The facsimile of the manuscript of the ’’Dictionary of the Khazars’’ (Baku, Azerbaijan)

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Pavić’s monument in Moscow 




On the ocassion of 30 years from the first edition of the Dictionary of the Khazars (1984) and 5 years from the death of Milorad Pavić, Greek ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΟΤΥΠΙΑ had dediceted its whole October literary issue ΒΙΒΛΙΟΘΗΚΗ to this Serbian writer.

In the add-on The Building of Spheres, Athens newspapers have published on four pages texts of Greek critics, photographs of eight translated books of Pavić, an article about the success of the Dictionary of the Khazars in China, excerpts from Two Fans from Galata which will soon be published; as well as the text Acoustics of Spheres by Goran Petrovic, which was specially ordered for this occasion. 

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Russian web portal Arguments and facts (Аргументы и факты), on the occasion of Pavić’s birthday (15.10), has published a lengthy text about the life and work of the writer, reminding us of Pavic’s Collected Works, which have been published in Russia several times. Elena Dudnik is the author of the text Bibliography instead of biography.

Recently the text about the Bequest of Milorad Pavić has been published in the luxurious Chinese magazine Travel +, in the issue dedicated to the Balkans. Belgrade and Serbia have been presented through Pavić’s literary work and legacy. 

Selected Works of Milorad Pavić in 10 volumes


“Vulkan’’ Publishing House has printed Selected Works of Milorad Pavić in 10 volumes for Belgrade Book Fair 2014. Both paperback and clothbound boxed set are available. The editor, prof. Aleksandar Jerkov, decided to publish 5 books of short stories with the following titles: Belgrade Stories, Mediterranean Stories, It’s a Small World, Serbian Stories and The Last Story; as well as the novels Dictionary of the Khazars, Landscape Painted with Tea, Inner Side of the Wind, Unique Item and Last Love in Constantinople’(in one book), Second Body and Artificial Mole (in one book).

The Bequest of Milorad Pavić (Jasmina Mihajlović) has also taken part in this publishing project. The unusual design for the paperback editions was created by Nebojsa Zorić, while Dejan Jovanović took care of the ‘’old fashioned’’ clothbound editions.

Selected Works of Milorad Pavić are special because of the first publication of The Last Story of this author, written just before he passed away. The story was published in the book by the same name. Also, the editor decided to put some novels together, so Unique Item and Last Love in Constantinople, novels of unusual form, were published in one book. On the other hand, Aleksandar Jerkov decided to unify the Second Body and Artificial Mole, two last novels of this acknowledged Serbian writer.

Collected or Selected Works of Milorad Pavić were previously published by “Prosveta” (1990) and “Draganić” Publishing House (1996). In Russia Sankt Petersburg’s “Azbuka” and “Amfora” used to publish his selected works. Electronic version of the selected works of Milorad Pavić in English can be found on kindle

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Jasmina Mihajlović’s autobiographical travel book ’’On the Shores of the Khazar Sea’’ (Laguna, 2014) will be published in Baku, in Azeri, then in Georgia, in Georgian,where the author will be the special guest of the Tbilisi Book Fair in May. The Russian translation of her book will be published by ’’Amfora’’, from Saint Petersburg.

The December issue of the luxurious Azerbaijani literary magazine ’’Kitabči’' (''The Book Shop'') had the photo of Milorad Pavić and Jasmina Mihajlović on its cover, while in the magazine eight pages were dedicated to this literary pair and their prose. Along with the interview given to Azeri writer Selim Babuloglu there were excerpts from ''On the Shores of the Khazar Sea''.



The enourmus success of Milorad Pavić in China, with ’’Dictionary of the Khazars’’, was crowned with the 4th deluxe edition at the end of the last year. Up to this day the Chinese have published ’’Dictionary of the Khazars’’ in hardback, as an e-book, then also a clothbound edition with a protective box and illustrations on a bamboo paper, with the geneaology of the characters of the book throughout all three period during which the book takes place, and the latest red clothbound edition is a real masterpiece. It is made as an old, antique book, with lavish illustrations, it has a map of the old Khazaria, and in the end of the book there are verses of Judah Halevi, one of the historical characters in the book.

Numerous Chinese journalists and writers have been visiting the Bequest of Milorad Pavić over the last years, thus including in their luxurious travel magazines the Balkans, Serbia and Belgrade through the literary work of Milorad Pavić and his Bequest.

During the last visit Shanghai writer Chen Danyan, who deals with the philosophy of traveling as well as Shanghai during the first decades of the 20th century, made a TV show for the Chinese television, for the Internet portals, and even for Chinese mobile telephony! She also traveled around Serbia using topography from ’’Dictionary of the Khazars’’ as a map, so the new Chinese edition of this bestselling novel translated in 36 languages will have a map of Serbia, which could be named ’’Serbia: Following Pavić’s Trace.


Bulgarian graphic artist Yassen Panov, has made a bibliophile edition of ’’Dictionary of the Khazars’’ in Bulgarian. He has been working on it for 20 years. The promotion and the presentation of this book-object took place in February in Sofia, Bulgaria. Jasmina Mihajlović attended this exciting culture event. The book is placed in metal bearing and it consists of 244 separate graphic pages. The front cover was made of heavy molten glass which get into the grooves of the metal bearing. Panov’s style of black and white graphics mostly reminds of Dürer's graphics and Da Vinci's drawings with a special touch of Yassen Panov's art fantasy. This edition will be presented on the Bologna Book Fair, and the artist will also make an English version (page layout) of the book's texts. In 2016 the publishing house ''Dereta'' will publish a more suitable edition resembling a real book, but it will be in English, because the publisher is preparing Pavić's novels in English, having in mind that ''Vulkan'' has published The Selected Works of Pavić in 10 books (paperback and clothbound in a protective box) in Serbian on the last Belgrade Book Fair.

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Jasmina Mihajlović has given an interview to the March issue of the Serbian version of the Newsweek, for the column ’’Wives of famous writers’’.

''On the Shores of the Khazar Sea'' in Azerbaijan. Chinese international radio GB Times on literary couple Pavić – Mihajlović. Jasmina Mihajlović's interview for ''Newsweek''

Jasmina Mihajlović's autobiographical prose ''On the Shores of the Khazar Sea'' (Laguna) was published in Azeri  (Ajnur Tabrizli's translation). The publisher is the Translation Center under the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan.

„Xəzər dənizinin sahillərində“ is nicely and carefully designed book, with photographs of J. Mihajlović and M. Pavić. At the very end there is a photograph of Pavić'a monument in Belgrade park Tašmajdan, which Azerbaijan has built and gifted to the writer's home town – Belgrade.

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Chinese international GB times Radio (GBtimes Serbia) has put on its English website Jasmina Mihajlović's intervtiew titled ''Wherever I go, I represent two writers'', dealing with Chinese translations of Pavić's books. Radio show was split into four segments.

The March issue of Serbian edition of ''Newsweek'' included a 10-page-long interview with Jasmina Mihajlović. The author of the interview titled ''The Inner Side of Milorad Pavic'' was Aleksandar Djuričić.

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A literary evening on the prose of Milorad Pavić and Dino Buzzati was held in the National Library of Buenos Aires. The lecture was dedicated to literary fantasy and world. Professor Aleksandar Jerkov and Ksenija Vulović were Serbian representatives, while Osvaldo Gallone was Argentinian representative. 

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U neobičnom prostoru, galeriji, u „Legatu Milića od Mačve“, održano je 12. maja pred prepunom salom književno veče posvećeno srpskom i azerbejdžanskom izdanju knjige Jasmine Mihajlović, „Na obali Hazarskog mora“, kao i predstavljanje „Legata Milorada Pavića“. Na promociji su osim autorke govorili Ljubiša Đidić i Nebojša Lapčević. Prezentaciju je pratio film o Miloradu Paviću.