Elijah's Chair

  • Original language: Croatian

  • Pages: 324

  • Date of Publication: June 2006.

  • ISBN: 953-7052-90-7

  • Type of Binding: hardback

  • Format: 205 mm

  • Weight: 450 g

In his second novel, Elijah’s ChairIgor Štiks writes on the unusual destiny of Richard Richter, an Austrian writer reaching his fifties. In the spring of 1992 he returns from Paris to his hometown Vienna, where he discovers his late mother’s secret notebook. Its shocking contents, written in dramatic circumstances during 1941, turn Richter’s life upside-down. The writer decides to uncover his roots, and his quest brings him to wartime Sarajevo, where he arrives at the very beginning of the siege. During his short stay in Sarajevo, he experiences the most beautiful moments of his life – passionate love and true friendship. However, his life, together with the lives of all the characters in the novel, is determined by destiny which he, like a hero from a Greek tragedy, cannot escape or influence.

Elijah’s Chair tells the story of one man’s destiny and grand love, he speaks out not only about Richter’s personal tragedy, but about the tragedy of a city, of a nation, of a continent.

Ksaver Šandor Gjalski Award for the best novel 2006
Kiklop Prize for the best literary work of the year 2006

Rights sold to:
Ukraine, V. Books – XXI
Egypt, Golden Pony
Bulgaria, Panorama, 2014
France, Galaade Édition, 2011
Finland, Mansarda, 2010
Serbia, Arhipelag, 2010
Bosnia, Naklada Zoro, 2010
Italy, Frassinelli, 2009
Poland, W.A.B., 2009
Germany, Ullstein, Claassen, 2008
The Netherlands, De Bezige Bij, 2008
Slovenia, Beletrina, 2008
Spain, Destino, 2008
Czech Republic, Mlada fronta, 2008
Hungary, Magvető, 2007
Macedonia, Ili-Ili, 2007