The Adhan

  • Original language: Croatian

  • Pages: 384

  • Date of Publication: October 2018.

  • ISBN: 978-953358052-4

  • Original Title: Ezan

  • Type of Binding: hardback

  • Format: 225 mm

  • Weight: 585 g

What are the key elements that shape our personality from the earliest age? What are the key memories to which we appeal to at the sunset of our lives? 

The year is around 1530, somewhere near Jablanica, Bosnia. The Devshirme, a tribute for the Turks, is paid in blood with the life of a small boy named Luka. Torn from the arms of a mother whose name he has forgotten, thrown into an unknown world whose language he does not speak, Luka becomes Ibrahim. Still in his early formative years, Ibrahim, in the course of becoming a Janissary – a merciless warrior of the Turkish Empire – adopts all Ottoman values: he accepts almost unquestionably his new mother and father figures, their language, knowledge and skills, and the Islamic faith.

As his time nears its end, he will share his life story with his son. He will look back on his great loves, unforgettable friendships; on the countless battles, from Anatolia to Sighet, in which he served; and on his significant encounters with great figures of history, such as Suleiman the Magnificent. Yet Ibrahim will decline all the blessings that come with the Ottoman court – because of his own faith in people.

Deeply lyrical, stylistically and structurally perfected, enriched by poetic images of the forgotten Turkish Slavonia of the Sixteenth Century, Ivan Šojat’s The Adhan is a novel about people, about man’s goodness and badness – and about us today, who do not differ so much from the people of the Sixteenth Century. This novel, like the title’s call to prayer – is a call to all for understanding of, and belief in, mankind.

“Evading toxic and phobic stereotypes according to which Christian religion and spirituality would be imposed as a superior sacrifice before the barbarians from the east, Ivana Šojat composes a beautiful ode on interweaving of two worlds, philosophies and confessions. Of course she is not leaving out the dark side of these relations, but she does that struggling for each gram of humanity, irrespectively of religion, skin or soul color.” Davor Špišić

The Adhan is slow-burning, archaic reading, enriched with numerous wisdoms and sententiae, but also a text for which the author had to prepare thoroughly, both in the historical and religious sense.” Denis Derk

Rights sold to:
Turkey, Kutu Yayınları
Slovenia, Založba Didakta

Tribina Razotkrivanje s Ivanom Šojat
27. 11. 2018., Kino Europa - dvorana Müller, Zagreb 

  1. Predstavljanje “Ezana” u Turskom kulturnom centru Yunus Emre Predstavljanje “Ezana” u Turskom kulturnom centru Yunus Emre U četvrtak 4. travnja 2019. u 17.30 sati Ivana Šojat predstavit će svoj roman Ezan  u Turskom kulturnom centru Yunus Emre u Zagrebu (Hebrangova 34).                 Duboko liričan, stilski i strukturno doveden do savršenstva, obogaćen poetskim slikama zaboravljene turske Slavonije šesnaestog stoljeća, Ezan Ivane Šojat roman je o ljudima i čovjekovu
  2. Ivana Šojat u Narodnoj knjižnici Drniš Ivana Šojat u Narodnoj knjižnici Drniš U ponedjeljak 3. prosinca 2018. u 18 sati Ivana Šojat bit će gošća književne  u Narodnoj knjižnici Drniš (Kralj Zvonimira 8).
  3. Tribina Razotkrivanje s Ivanom Šojat Tribina Razotkrivanje s Ivanom Šojat Na tribini Razotkrivanje, u utorak 27. studenog 2018. u 19 sati u dvorani Müller Kina Europa u Zagrebu (Varšavska 3), predstavit ćemo novi roman Ivane Šojat Ezan. S autoricom će razgovarati urednik Seid Serdarević.                 Duboko liričan, stilski i strukturno doveden do savršenstva, obogaćen poetskim slikama zaboravljene turske Slavonije šesnaestog stolj