Form is the bass guitar of prose fiction. We can read a novel or a story quite happily without being aware of the work form is doing, but let a novel or story lack formal integrity and we will notice immediately that something is wrong—and may put the book down. Zoran Živković is a writer who understands this. His works are never just hodgepodges of events and characters thrown together; their formal integrity is always foregrounded. The bass player stands at the front of the stage.