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Don't let the title deceive you-this is a heart warming tale that guides a reader not only through the story but also transforms one's inner experience as the plot develops.
The Tragic Fate of Moritz Tot
by Dana Todorovic
4.0 stars - 2 reviews
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The novel was originally published in 2008 in Serbia, where it received much critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts annual best novel award.

It opens with the narrative of former punk rocker Moritz Tot, who, following an unexpected call from the Employment Office, becomes a prompter for the Budapest Opera. He finds himself in a bewildering situation as he tries to cope on stage while sitting in a small, rudimentary wooden box, realizing that the text of Puccini’s Turandot is in Italian of which he can not speak a word. As it progresses, Moritz's story grows even more bizarre and assumes elements of a thriller when a mysterious stranger enters the "scene" and begins to pursue him, monitoring his every move.

In the second narrative, which runs parallel to Moritz's story, Tobias Keller is put on trial for "having connected the Extraordinary Activity Device to the faculty of his free will with the intention of exerting his influence on subject Moritz Tot". While switching between the two narratives, we begin to understand how the two story-lines and their characters are linked.

As the plot in Moritz's world develops in the atmospheric style of Kafka and Bulgakov (as critics have described it), Tobias Keller discusses with the Disciplinary Committee the life path of Motitz Tot, which consequently causes them to debate over age-old questions concerning the human condition, such as the issue of determinism vs. free will, moral responsibility, faith vs. religion (making references to Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, etc.). All this eventually builds up to an unexpected conclusion where all the pieces of the puzzle finally come together and the connection between the two storylines is fully elucidated.

The Tragic Fate of Moritz Tot offers not only an intricate plot line and the pull of a suspense novel, but it also provides serious reading material for the philosophically minded reader seeking a layered work with multiple subtexts.
One Reviewer Notes:
The book is a two-track affair that follows both Moritz Tot (and here the name seems mainly to be just the common Hungarian name, and not a reference to the German word) a punk-ish opera prompter, and Tobias Keller (and again, the name seems not to bear dual meanings), a bureaucrat working for a distant and mysterious supreme being. Moritz' story mostly concerns his strange preoccupation with a man he sees from his window. Keller's story describes trial for breaching rules by interfering in the mundane world and Moritz' life. The concept of the book is interesting, if not highly original, and much of the line by line writing is good.
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About the Author
Dana Todorović was born in Belgrade in 1977 to an American mother and Yugoslav father. Aspiring to continue her family Dana Todorović was born in Belgrade in 1977 to an American mother and Yugoslav father. Aspiring to continue her family's long-standing acting tradition, she studied drama in New York and Indianapolis and obtained a B.A. in Drama Studies from Middlesex University in London. Following her studies, she spent six years working as a translator for the UN and continued to nurture her acting ambitions by taking on occasional roles in films (including one by director Emir Kusturica), until she finally discovered writing as her greatest passion. Her first novel, Tragična sudbina Morica Tota (The Tragic Fate of Moritz Tot), was published in Serbia in 2008. It was well-received by critics and the public alike and was shortlisted for the Branko Ćopić award presented by the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Dana is currently working as a free-lance translator and writing her second novel. She also writes books for children and is an enthusiastic yoga practicioner.
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