A Dictionary of the Khazars is no ordinary dictionary. It is a surrealistic novel that engages in an interfaith dialogue over the fate of a mysterious race of people who inhabited the lands between the Caspian and the Black Sea. The Khazars as they were named were nomadic and warrior like people who had an ancient cult of interpretation of the dreams. Their empire vanished from the face of history almost as soon as they converted to one of the three Abrahamic religions [most historians now say, they converted to Judaism].
I bought the book out of curiousity [my other choices were one by Eco and another by Böll] and on my last trip to Iran found it a very well read despite the unconventional narrative style (a dictionary no less).
The author, Milorad Pavic, is famous in Serbia for his poetry which actually makes the imageries of the book very striking through its pages. The literary style of the book is that of magical realism best exemplified by authors such as Marquez or even Kundera, but is a bit more difficult to follow because of its post-modern inclinations.
To be complete in its relativistic and pluralistic intentions, the book comes in two editions, a male and a female that differ only in one paragraph and a very crucial one. Besides the book itself is divided into three parts: Muslim, Christian and Judaist and comes with a unifying chapter that combines all three in the modern world.
I have to add that overall I didn't find this book to be very deep and moving (like most of post-modern art pieces) but it definitely contains sentences and paragraphs that after reading them, you will have to put down the book and contemplate for some time on their meaning.