Open Source Literature

Dictionary of the Khazars: a Fake Open-Source Literature Example

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In world literature, we have some examples of the collective work on some fictional and non-fictional stories. The Gospel might be a good example of teamwork in a non-fiction story, but what about fiction?

A well-known Dictionary of the Khazars: A Lexicon Novel by Milorad Pavić, could be an example of a literature novel created by a few people. We know that Avram Brankovich, Yusuf Masudi, and Samuel Cohen are just fictional characters from the 17th century. Milorad Pavich made a cool model how what it can look like when one story is described by a few people. They tell stories from their different points of view and from the plot and the result of the novel in those 3 cases is pretty different. They work on the same story but they don't know about each other and they don't communicate, cooperate, and so on.

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While the model where people work independently on the different parts of the novel may work as well, the Open-Source Literature approach recommends people communicate and cooperate with the other members of the crew and propose improvements in the texts of the other people. Does it make sense?