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The author of the book: Igor Štiks
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Edition: Študentska založba
Date of issue: 2008
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In the novel Elijah’s Chair, Igor Štiks describes the unusual fate of Richard Richter, an Austrian writer about to turn fifty. Following an emotional crisis and marriage breakdown, the hero leaves Paris to return to his hometown of Vienna, where he finds his mother’s hidden notebook. Its shocking contents, written in the dramatic circumstances of 1941, thoroughly transforms Richter’s own life. The writer decides to find his roots and his quest leads him to the wartime Sarajevo, where he arrives at the very start of the siege. During his short stay in Sarajevo he experiences the most beautiful moments of his life – a passionate love and a true friendship. However, his life, just like the lives of all other characters in the novel, is determined by fate that he, just like the heroes of a Greek tragedy, cannot evade and cannot influence.
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Read information about the authorIgor Štiks 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 Štiks currently lives in Edinburg, Scotland and works for University of Edinburgh, School of Law as Postdoctoral Research Fellow.
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