Reading is transformation

Northwestern University Press

Death and the Dervish

Mesa Selimovic




Sheikh Nuruddin is a dervish at a Sarajevo monastery in the 18th century during the Turkish occupation. When his brother is arrested, he descends into the Kafkaesque world of the Turkish authorities in order to find out what has happened. As he does so, he begins to question his relations with society as a whole and, eventually, his life choices in general.


A literary masterpiece that was hugely successful when published in Yugoslavia in the 1960s, Death and the Dervish appears here in its first English translation.