Elijahova stolica

Elijahova stolica Glavni lik drugog romana ovog mladog pisca je vrlo uspje an austrijski pisac na pragu pedestih godina Nakon emocionalne krize i bra nog brodoloma on iznenada otkriva tajnu svog podrijetla Potraga za p

  • Title: Elijahova stolica
  • Author: Igor Štiks
  • ISBN: 9537052907
  • Page: 345
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  • Glavni lik drugog romana ovog mladog pisca je vrlo uspje an austrijski pisac na pragu pedestih godina Nakon emocionalne krize i bra nog brodoloma on iznenada otkriva tajnu svog podrijetla Potraga za pravim ocem vodi ga iz Be a u Sarajevo ba na po etku rata 1992 godine Roman se bavi temom tragi ne ljudske sudbine koju je nemogu e izbje i Kroz ljubavnu pri u jednog ovGlavni lik drugog romana ovog mladog pisca je vrlo uspje an austrijski pisac na pragu pedestih godina Nakon emocionalne krize i bra nog brodoloma on iznenada otkriva tajnu svog podrijetla Potraga za pravim ocem vodi ga iz Be a u Sarajevo ba na po etku rata 1992 godine Roman se bavi temom tragi ne ljudske sudbine koju je nemogu e izbje i Kroz ljubavnu pri u jednog ovjeka pisac progovara i o tragediji grada i naroda Zaplet spaja dva rata iz 20olje a Pri a po inje u Be u 1941 a zavr ava u Sarajevu 1992 Tu se isprepli u pri e ratnih izbjeglica, ratnih reportera i stranih novinara u ratnom Sarajevu.

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  • Igor Štiks

    Igor tiks spent his childhood in Sarajevo, but lived in Zagreb, Croatia since the Bosnian War started in 1992 He studied comparative literature and philosophy at the University of Zagreb.He was a postgraduate of the Institut d Etudes Politiques de Paris Sciences Po , where he received a master degree in Philosophy and he was working for Northwestern University USA, Chicago as a teaching assistant for Global History I In March 2009 he defended his PhD thesis A Laboratory of Citizenship Nations and Citizenship in the Former Yugoslavia and its Successor States He has published two novels A Castle in Romagna in 2000 and Elijah s Chair in 2006 A Castle in Romagna received the award for best first novel in Croatia in 2000 To date it has been translated into German, Spanish, French, and English The second book as well has been rewarded as the best Croatian book of 2006 and it has won the prestigious Ksaver Sandor Gjalski prize The English translation was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for 2006 and the book has been translated into ten languages to date His fiction, literary criticism and essays have appeared widely in journals and reviews of the former Yugoslavia His story At the Sarajevo Market was included in Best European Fiction 2010, published by Dalkey Archive Press He is the editor of anthologies of new Croatian prose fiction and international short fiction in English.Igor tiks currently lives in Edinburg, Scotland and works for University of Edinburgh, School of Law as Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

  • 361 Comments

  • Writing about this book is the same as writing about some stranger that you met somewhere. Put it in a context of gallery, theater, book presentation instead of a street, bar, cinema. You’ve mingled around the same people, you and this person but you've never been acquainted and you've never spoken before although you have maybe exchanged a few eye contacts. But shy ones, and still undefined from your side as his were probably just a product of skimming around. But now for a split of second wh [...]


  • I don't want to be a mean girl, but this book was just awful. I was really excited about the premise but two pages in I knew it was terrible. The prose is just so bogged down, and I figured out the twist about 30% in. It was completely obvious and justoss.


  • Trigger Warnings: (view spoiler)[Suicide (not graphically depicted); suicide ideation (discussed at length); wartime violence (not graphically depicted); incest (discussed at length; not graphically depicted) (hide spoiler)]While I enjoyed this book more than I expected, it is not a book for everyone. It is a work of true literary fiction, in the style of Dostoevsky and Joyce, with long descriptive sentences, which often contemplate on the ideas of fate, war, destiny, and identity. Long passages [...]


  • Sarajevo, 1992: Having discovered that his father was not his father, a man arrives in the city seeking answers. Along the way, he falls into an ill-fated adulterous affair with a woman 20 years his junior. But what he uncovers in Sarajevo ultimately leads him to his own destruction.The summary would have you believe that this is some gripping tale of discovery and self reflection set amidst the chaos of the Siege of Sarajevo (1992 - 1996). It's actually the story of a self-absorbed fifty-year-o [...]


  • This is going to be a classic one day, l'm sure of it! It's been a while since l've read something so masterfully written, so real, so alive A book that l'll surely come back to a few more times coz it left me with a feeling that the characters grew to be my friends as l read along- l felt their fears, their suffering, their love I felt as if l had been walking with them through the streets of Sarajevo, as if l had been sharing with them their secrets Everyone should read this book!



  • Історія краху людини на тлі краху країни. Я вперше читаю настільки глибоку історію війни, де Місто – то Сараєво, а війна – в Югославії, але то далеко не найважливіше. Особиста трагедія стає встократ дієвішою, ніж снайпери та шрапнель. І це краще від тревелогів, краще за усі п [...]


  • 3.Literary, overly ponderous style with a self-absorbed narrator. From the first pages, one knows the narrator will commit suicide. Throughout the work, numerous instances occur of not merely foreshadowing but divulging what will happen and which become annoying. Other than the Sarajevo setting, does not add much insight or novelty to the shoah-based genre.


  • Author Richard Richter was an orphan by the age of four and was raised by his aunt. After finding an old notebook of his mother's written during World War II, Richard's life is changed forever. He sets out on a quest to find out more about his father. The search for answers leads him to a war torn Sarajevo where Richard soon learns that the truth doesn't always set you free.To say this book is unusual is putting it mildly. I don't like to give spoilers in my reviews but I will say I thought the [...]


  • This will be a classic someday. At the end of the Great Gatsby, Fizgerald writes, “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The Judgment of Richard Richter is a meditation on that theme set against two of the horrors or the twentieth century: World War II and the Bosnian war. The past comes back to haunt the narrator, Richard Richter in very personal ways. By current literary standards, this novel is old fashioned. No unreliable narrators (some may dis [...]


  • The Judgment of Richard Richter was my Kindle First selection for the month of August.There are very few settings more haunting than war-torn Sarajevo. Under the dark veil of suffering and violence in a city under seige, lies the very essence of humanity: the ability to find love among the pain, hope among the wreckage. "The window was open and through it came the familiar voices of a Sarajevo wartime night. Somebody is dying. Somebody feels the pain of a wounded body. Somebody is mourning. Some [...]


  • PoetryA five star rating, except for the slow, slow beginning. I was nearly 3/4 thru the book before it grabbed me. The reason I kept at it was the sheer poetry, the way the author expressed his views. I'm a word geek, a metaphor lover, even when the plot plods. As it turned out, the effort was worth it. A Greek tragedy in modern garb. I shall carry it with me for a long time.


  • „Елiяховият стол“ е четиво, което би трябвало да бъде четено и препрочитано. Това не е книга само за любителите на история или на политика. С наслагването на политическите и литературните си пластове, това е роман, в който сякаш е сложено всичко, което е трябвало да се сложи, [...]


  • Interesting, a bit weird, not too obvious but just enough to make me guess the "thing" before it was actually revealed. Refreshingly un-American.


  • This novel was a bit slow getting started, laying out the basic background of a Viennese man, who discovers at age 50 that his father was not Austrian by Yugoslavian, and Jewish. He decides to locate this man, long thought to be dead, and his search takes him to Sarajevo during the siege of the city by the Serbian forces.The heart of the story takes place in Sarajevo: the friend he makes, the woman he meets, the two old men he meets through the woman. His own life disintegrates as the city itsel [...]


  • ***I won this book via the Giveaway Program. This has not influenced my review.***Wow! What a tale! This story delivers quite a punch with many things to discuss. I am sure a literature class could really have fun dissecting it all. Allegory, metaphors, comparisons to literature, symbolism - it's all in this book.At first, this was a challenge to read. There are constant teasers about "the truth" and the narrators impending suicide. The repetitiveness of this made me want to quit reading. It al [...]


  • I found this book to be whiney and repetitive at first. It's written in first person and seemed very much autobiographical and overly emotional. I experienced the guy to be vague whenever he said something political or philosophical though he was reputed to be a great commentator. He kept repeating that something dire was going to happen that ruined his life and that of several others, but I had no idea what it was. He appears to be sitting at a desk in a hotel writing about his life with a gun [...]


  • I received this book as a giveaway. I have made it a point to read more books by foreign authors, especially if translated, so I was happy to 'win' this one. I agree with other reviewers that it is easy to discern the twist about 30% into the book. Given the title, I hope that was intentional. For me, it made the story even more heart-wrenching and devastating. Judgment is often premised on hindsight and/or with the advantage of knowing all of the facts in advance. In this book, I thought the a [...]


  • I received a free copy of this book from the author. I had the opportunity to review or not.This novel is an intense history of war, love, betrayal and guilt. It covers 50 years of Richard Richter’s life from just before his birth to his death in Vienna. Raised by his aunt after the death of his mother shortly after his birth, he meets his father who dies shortly after their meeting. After his marriage falls apart he returns to his childhood home with his aunt who is now in her 80s. Richard fi [...]


  • Richard Richter, the title character, is a writer of some celebrity that upon moving home to Vienna from Paris learns new (and naturally, earth shattering) information his parents. His parents story is tied up in World War II and Nazi Germany. In response to the news, he travels to Sarajevo, which is in the midst of its own war in 1992.The book has an interesting prose, which was difficult to figure out how much was the style of the author and how much was due to the translation. The writing was [...]


  • This took a bit of time to enjoy. At first I was bothered by the constant dangling of the carrot. There's something big coming, wait for it, wait for it, wait. Then about 30% in you know what that is, but it is not actually confirmed for quite some time (I think about 70%). So again you read constantly in suspense of confirming your suspicions. Yet somewhere along the way that stopped bothering me so much, and I just enjoyed the story. If enjoy is the right word. It's tragic in that people must [...]


  • A gem - Definitely worth a readJust finished another Kindle First selection. I love this Prime benefit as it introduces me to many authors and selections of which I would otherwise be unaware. The Judgment of Richard Richter is one such gem.Set in war torn 1992 Sarajevo, this novel blends a psychological expose with historic fiction and the unique narrator perspective of reading a dead man's manuscript. I must admit, there were times I found the character development tedious and the plot predic [...]


  • A difficult book to readThe Judgement of Richard Richter is more of a diary than an autobiography. The author tells the reader up front that he is despondent and is writing with a gun in his desk which he intends to use to commit suicide. He goes through his time in Vienna, the city in which he was raised, when at 50 years old he discovers that everything he thought he knew about himself is a lie. He then goes on to describe his journey to meet his birth father, a man who doesn't even know that [...]


  • DID NOT FINISH: I had to put this one down. It was not my speed. The writing was overly repetitive and very long winded. The subject of the novel is writing a book about his experiences and he's suicidal, so he just wallows in his own self pity most of the time as the plot or story moves along very slowly. He also jumps around in time so you'll be reading and thinking you know what's going on but then you're like wait, he is now in the present, ugh! No transitions whatsoever. I have read many re [...]


  • An unusual book connecting the fate of people in Austria during WWII with the 1990's war in the former Yugoslavia. Classical writing style, many references to world literature- in part quite interesting as it looks at questions of identity, belonging and desire. Unfortunately, it was overly stylized, too deliberately plotted, somewhat melodramatic and the main characters are mostly not convincing because of the predictable story line. I liked the book's call for humanity and civic engagement - a [...]


  • I don't usually offer book reviews, however, I must say it's been a long time since I've found a writing style so enjoyable. I don't know if it's a result of the translator's talent, or because of the original source, but I found that the prose sits right in the sweet spot between contemporary writing and the classics. There are no gimmicks or cliches, no excessive cursing in the dialog, and no overly clever character names.I found the plot and setting interesting, and although I guessed the twi [...]


  • A successful 50 year old Austrian writer discovers a notebook hidden behind a bookcase in his aunt's house. In it he finds a letter written by his birth mother who died shortly after he was born. The contents of the letter send him on an improbable journey to Sarajevo in 1992 during the civil war and change the direction of his life forever.While the story is interesting in its mystery and occasional plot twists, the narrative is sometimes slow and plodding, failing to achieve the suspense that [...]


  • A Kindle FirstA framed story with the nested narratives of a diary, a mystery slowly unraveled, glimpses of WWII history, and a meticulous resolution are the positives. The negatives, or what I found so, are the oh-please-not-again redundancies in the thoughts of the main narrator (Richard), the predictability of the plot with its over-reliance on a certain classic,compounded by a clumsy attempt at interweaving classic passages as this book revealed at last what the reader already knew, cause me [...]


  • The was not my "cup of tea." The narrative is one of Greek tragedy, a set of circumstances befalls Richter that can only be found in the pages of the classics - not in real life. Set mostly in 1992 Sarajevo, the author intends to share the atmosphere of the besieged region during that time. Unfortunately the filled with coincidences plot and questionable choices of the protagonist push the city to the background. This book seems to be an homage to "Homo Faber" by Max Frisch, as once that tale co [...]


  • I couldn’t finish it. I hated his writing style. There was far too much foreshadowing and talking about what he was going to tell you instead of just telling you what happened. As soon as you thought he might have gotten into a flow with the actual storytelling, he would step away from the story and remind the reader that he still hadn’t told you the whole thing and that here was so much more to come. I suppose this was to build suspense, but I just found it infuriating. I got about 40% thro [...]


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