Books: Enchanting Folly

DICTIONARY OF THE KHAZARS: A LEXICON NOVEL by Milorad Pavic

Translated by Christina Pribicevic-Zoric; Knopf; 338 pages; $19.95

History has recorded traces of a people known as the Khazars, who thrived in the Caucasus region sometime between the seventh and eleventh centuries A.D. and then disappeared. They are not necessarily the subject of Dictionary of the Khazars. Instead, this novel disguised as a reference book seems to be dealing with some different Khazars, who occupied roughly the same space and time but who also possessed some otherworldly abilities. They numbered among their midst, for example, a cult of dream hunters, who...

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