Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more. Borislav Pekić (Serbian Cyrillic: Борислав Пекић, pronounced [bǒrislaʋ pěkitɕ]; 4 February . The gothic stories Novi Jerusalim (“The New Jerusalem”) were published in , and Pekić accepted the Majska Rukovanja award in Montenegro. Novi Jerusalim Borislav Pekic. 4 likes. Book. Novi Jerusalim Borislav Pekic. Privacy · Terms. About. Novi Jerusalim Borislav Pekic. Book. 4 people like this.

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Sunday, October 29, New Jerusalem 4th part.

Before he had become aware of such dirty tricks, fifty years had passed, during which time his scientific results because of such obstruction had been poor. Now he got round them by not only concentrating on the content but also on the form of the commands which he gave in connection with excavations or the technique of conservation. The robots strove for perfection, but they were not yet perfect. Otherwise there norislav not nogi been any documents left.

From it the concept of life in New Jerusalem stood out with hologrammatic vividness and clarity. He had spent several years on the translation of the preserved sentence into his own language, after being confronted with numerous semantic difficulties, quite unavoidable when trying to explain the concept of one language by the concepts of a completely opposite, which above all one could not understand, since in the present world nothing corresponds neither in reality nor in memory.

But it had been worth it.

Transcribed, the fragment of the sentence said: If he had not already dug up the wonderful skeleton, if he had not known what was in the cellar, even if it had been successfully translated, the sentence would have remained unclear. In the cellar fortunately were rats. And there had also been found a frozen nests of lice and fleas, charming little creatures; the first calm and inactive, the second of a more lively and mischievous habits, plebeian temperament, which, it seemed, the members of the ZEK species – that was how the New Jerusalem people had called themselves – bred as domestic pets and companions and even kept on their own bodies, going nowhere without them.


The combined skeletons of jerusaljm, rat and mole, with the aforementioned nests of noble sub-cultures, depicted for him unambiguously as actual eye-witnesses the system of mutual relationships desirable noci the New Jerusalem civilization and perhaps the summit of an ideal condition. He was however conscious of the fact that as a scientist he always had to be careful and not rush ahead with premature conclusions.

For it was not out of the question that in the still uninvestigated regions of the planet, somewhere in the south, west or east, might be a preserved still more advanced New Jerusalem, a still more perfect form of human happiness as a result of friendship with rats, fleas and moles.

In that way it could have only two logical meanings: Later he found proofs that the community with rats could last even for years. The explanation, although logically irreproachable, pekjc not satisfy him. There was something unnatural in it.

It was as if the good that came out of it were – a privilege.

A definite priority which was not given to all and which had to be merited in some way, in some special way, to which, evidently, had been dedicated the first, now lost part of the sentence.

Novj New Jerusalem man nnovi been sent to the cellar as a reward, and not because, even though for a short term, the pleasure in the exclusive company of rats was his natural right. And that, once again logically, contradicted the proven ideal nature of New Jerusalem.

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A community where the good was not general, innate, an unalienable right, but which could be attained by and depended on human actions, which ;ekic, but did not have to be enjoyed, was not ideal, although it could be orientated towards perfection if there were continually more and more individuals in possession of that good, brotherhood with ratsand less and less of those who were deprived of it.

All his other primary and secondary archeological finds had indicated that. In it life was good the life with rats only generally and given to all equally by naturalization of citizenship, the same as has been in the primitive society of that period where you acquire the right to take part in electing a bad government.

Their material culture had been almost non-existent. Obviously a residue of barbarism. Its rudimentary forms dilapidated wooden huts, uncomfortable ramshackle beds, chairs which nowadays would be used only for torturehad been kept, it seemed, only to remind the people of New Jerusalem of the senseless burden from which they had been released when their aspirations had been directed towards more virtuous and pure spirituality.


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Sometime also as a symbol. The barbed wire — a symbol of inseparable peikc. Their food had been puritan.

There had been clear efforts on the whole community to eat as little as bodislav. Supposition of a high probability: That of course had been an ideal which was difficult, if not impossible to realize. But nevertheless, he had evidence to show that many of the ZEKs abstained from food for days on end in order to quicken that elate state.

Novi Jerusalim : gotska hronika / Borislav Pekic. – Version details – Trove

Work in that world is one of the great contributions to humanity. In the mutant world it was carried out by cybernet, and always had some purpose. The sense of work was therefore exclusively in the work itself and nothing else. Temporary and periodical benefits were jrrusalim more than its chance by-product.

I am not sure, I have not enough facts, if those sporadic gains are covering some real needs of that, in all other aspects satisfied, community — and that in itself would be self-contradictory — or whether it was the usual error and the technical omissions in the corresponding activity.

When they were building a house, which was sometimes even finished, was this the result of some remnant need or a sad failure. It was simply incredible that the wisdom of all those successive human civilizations, like a blind man next to a full bowl, had overlooked the simple, almost simplistic and obvious conclusion that work could only have a sense if it realized it within itself, and it could realize it within itself only if it was senseless.

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