Ratko Adamovic

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? Adamovic, 2000
?Concept, 2000

Books

YELLOW SUBMARINE
/ZUTA PODMORNICA/

Stories: 1971
Publisher: DOB

Adamovic's first book, a book of stories.
It was awarded the "Mladost" prize
in 1971 as the best first book of a prose
writer in Yugoslavia.

ROPE
/KONOPAC/

Novel: 1977
Publishers: Rad, BIGZ & Narodna knjiga



SZNUR
/ROPE In Polish/

Novel: 1982
Publisher: Wydawnictwo Lodzkie

20.000 copies were sold in four days

EVERYBODY DIES
/SVI UMIRU/

Stories: 1979
Publisher: Narodna knjiga

A distinguished literary experiment: to create
seven completely separate and distinctive works
prose and have death as their main topic. Judging
by the achievement in realizing this difficult task
and the achievement to realize variety based on
the same motive, one could say that this book
is unique in our literature.

The author realized his idea in completely
autonomous stories in the way rarely
found between the covers of one book.
It offers the reader humour and comedy,
fascinating and powerful erotica, the
meditation, tragicomedy and complete tragedy.
Adamovic's rich and distinctive language, carved
sentence, that have marked his prose from his first
book, now appear as self-sufficient quality.
Therefore, each of the seven stories is awaiting
its "own reader".

The final and moving characteristic of the book
"EVERYBODY DIES" certainly is the novella "BLACK
PETER". This lengthy novella (or a micro-novel),
by its language, rhythm, atmosphere, the way of
narration, dramatic realization, rises to anthological
heights and to prosaic entirety of rare impressiveness.
As it was said for Adamovic's "ROPE" that its parts
were an announcement of the coming of a writer of
exceptional power and that they would withstand
comparison with the best pages of our contemporary
prose, the novella "BLACK PETER" can endure
comparison with the works of the most prominent
writers of this genre.

NUDE GUARD
/GOLA GARDA/

Novel: 1982
Publisher: NOLIT

The genre of this novel could be classified as a
science-fiction were it not for the deliberate
fraud. Namely, the science-fiction base
of the described experiment is fictitious, so that
the story actually describes experiments with people.

Adamovic's novel is a powerful satire of the society
with an interesting fable that enabled the author to
realize this novel as a series of individual impressive
stories about the worthlessness and chameleon-like
behaviour of a certain group of people, but at the
same time as a solid, coherent novel.

WORKSHOP FOR MADNESS
/POGON ZA LUDILO/

Novel: 1986
Publisher: Prosveta

The novel 'Workshop for Madness" by Ratko
Adamovic are grotesque confessions of a crazy,
prodigal son and a confused, foolish father
-a chart of madness that in a maniacal way is
inherited by the foolishly happy son from the great
father, from the fictional royal highness Stefan on
to the even more pathological royal inheritance,
Czar Dusan. The historical association with the
Stefan of Decan and Stefan Dusan is distant,
without pretence and undeveloped, as the story
is actually told in first person, in the novelistic
way stylistically skilled.

Ratko Adamovic's novel begins with the funeral of
the father, famous psychiatrist and ends with the
suicide of the son on the father's tomb. Within this
firmly built framework, a drama between the son and
the father unfolds. It is based on the biblical texts
and is exceptionally well brought up to date by the
experience of Froyd's and more recent
psychoanalysis.

SACRED OAK
/SVETI HRAST/

Novel: 1990, 1992 second edition
Publisher: Prosveta


The hero of Adamovic's novel "Sacred Oak"
although privileged in the system of a novelistic
structure, is not individualized in a classic way
-the writer kept the "myth model" - the hero is
a man who demonstrates qualities existing in people
in general. However, if we observe him from a
different angle, the concrete historical angle,
possesses characteristics that are innovatively
emphasized. Adamovic is fully aware that "general
places" from well-known models kill the spirit of prose.
Therefore the statements, like the skillfully
described love embrace, the embrace in the virginally
natural environment, the story of the Holy Thorn,
the statements in which the world of the Black City
is conjured, are a real confirmation of the beauties
of the "Sacred Oak" as a master-piece. A very well
planned narrative strategy is well accomplished,
the universality of the myth is well concretized and
the essence of the myth is translated into the
language of the specific modern language of
a prosaic statement.

CARAVANSARY
/KARAVAN SARAJ/

Novellas: 1993
Publisher: BIGZ

Adamovic' book with an unusual title CARAVANSARY,
comprises three novellas which are linked together
by a separate story about a basilica as a certain
leitmotiv of a symbolic, however a realistic meaning.
CARAVANSARY refers to people who like to
travel and on their journeys they weave all sort
of stories.

The last novella, FATHER SUPERIOR'S DREAM
the ironic discussion between the Christ and
St John the Baptist is particularly interesting. It,
in a certain sense, becomes the motto of this book.

PAGAN PROTOCOL
/PAGANSKI PROTOKOL/

Novel: 1995
Publisher: Prosveta

This novel can be read also as an expanded
parabola of human curse, of evil in individuals and
groups, of repressive character of ideology, of a cry
for a fulfilled life. By moving the narrative from
the grotesque, via the realistic and poetically
meditative, the author has offered impressive
literary visions and subtle allegories of the reasons
for universal human frustrations as well as for our
direct current restrictions. Fascinating narration,
gradual introduction of characters and unveiling
of the fable, has provided Adamovic's prose writing
with two deceptively contradictory features:
the taste of a fairy tale and the pungency of
the experienced.

IMMORTAL KALEB
/BESMRTNI KALEB/

Novel: 1997, 1998 second edition
Publisher: Narodna knjiga
"Isidora Sekulic" prize

Narratively complex, harmoniously composed, with
elements of rural fantastic and permanent mystically
philosophical illuminations "IMMORTAL KALEB" by
Ratko Adamovic is an excellent novelistic
achievement. Intricately developed idea for the
necessity of returning to the cult of the nature and
the ancient primeval wisdom has achieved in this
novel one of the most suggestive contemporary
incarnations.

Seductive, rhetorically intoxicating, in parts even
inspiratively stimulating, this novel and its main
character in particular - a symbol that
integrates one whole era of human spiritual
development - will force the contemporary reader,
exhausted by various creative experiments, not
to devote himself to this novel more than once.

KANTARION
/KANTARION/

Novel: 1998, 2002 second edition
Publisher: Narodna 
"Branko Copic" prize of the Serbian Academy
of Arts and Science

..."It was only once before, that I was given such
an important lecture, but a nicer and a more
important. That was when I died.

As I knew nothing of the beauty that existed,
hidden, in my mountain, so I have not even
an inkling of the possibility that death did not exist,
I never suspected that after death you entered the
space made for humanity, of the most humane grace
that I did not even dare believe in.

Strangely, when I died, it was only then that
I began to talk. The language of my people has
become known to me and now, dead I can see that
when I was alive I could hardly talk. A handful of
words a day, half a dozen at night, words spoken
at sunrise I could count on my fingers and that was
it. Dear Lord, you die and you begin talking
properly."...

GARDENS OF SPIRIT
/U VRTOVIMA DUHA/

?Essays with selected excerpts, 2002.

In this book you will get acquaitned with

   Monks?Civlization ?Marguerite Jourcenar
?Jacques Le Goff ?Jean Calvin ?Colleen McDannell
?Bernhard Lang ?Ronald Wright ?Fernand Braudel
?Meister Eckhart ?John Cowper Powys
?Bela Hamvas ?Isaac Bashevis Singer
?Christoph Ransmayr ?Paulo Coelho
?Aleksandar Genis ?Paul Virilio ?Martin Buber
?Daniel J. Boorstin ?Gaston Bachelard


"CLAY READERS", novel
/TUMA? GLINE/ 
Published in Belgrade, 2000
Publisher : Narodna knjiga, Belgrade

?. "T.M. pulled out a cigarette. The host and his
neighbour looked at each other. They thought for a
while that T.M. was showing them the present he had
brought them. Maybe it was the latest model of a
synthesized remote control for all household
instruments, a miniature, cylindrical remote control
the size of a finger, stuffed with a new generation
of micro chips, special software and the highest
concentration of megabytes.

T.M. struck a match and lit the cigarette.

The two shuddered in astonishment. This little white
thing was put in one's mouth and then smoke was
coming out of it. The guest was inhaling and exhaling
the smoke with obvious pleasure. The host's
neighbour hurried to one of the computers and after
a long series of searches, his search descriptions
clumsy and unclear, he received the answer that it
was a cigarette, that people used to smoke
cigarettes believing that it was bringing them
pleasure. The neighbour was stunned: "Pleasure". He
was staring nervously at the host and then at T.M.
trying to read from their faces the meaning of what
he had seen on the screen. Then he was absorbed
again with the keyboard of the big computer-reader.
For a long while nothing appeared on the screen.
When the information appeared on the screen, it was
with a warning that the information should be strictly
remembered and it said that "Pleasure" was a word,
an old idea, a condition of mind of the old time
people. It was coming from unnecessary parts of a
human being, from a dangerous, decaying condition
which was completely opposite to our age of virtue
and simplicity, to our idea of a new age man -
hardworking and reliable. The neighbour read the
explanation again, then he started to stare at the
cigarette smoke trying to decode the program of the
danger described on the screen from the hardly
noticeable steadiness that was coming out of
the visitor's mouth. "Well, gentlemen, have I been
invited to visit and talk to you or to be screened and
analyzed?"

In reply, the neighbour, his eyes still locked to the big
screen, lifted his arm: "Just a moment! A moment!
Please wait a moment."He started to search again,
looking for the explanation of the word 'Gentlemen'?/font>


"SCHOOL OF NIGHT", novel
/AKADEMIJA NOĆI/
Publisher: Narodna Knjiga, October 2003

Stefan is "invited" to the Sherborne castle in Dorset,
England to attend a meeting of the School of Night,
the members of which were famous philosophers,
scientists and authors of the 16th - 17th centuries,
such as the great 
minds of the School of Night Raleigh, Marlowe,
Spencer and Harriot. Concrete life and actual events
full of vulgar reality interchange with mystic events
behind the "curtain of time" building exciting, stirring
and amazing stories (Christopher Marlowe's confession
takes us to Czech castles and Slavic mythology and
religion; Sir Walter Raleigh's and Tomas Harriot's
stories to voyages to the New World).

While travelling from Belgrade, from a "desolate Balkan
nook" through times and spaces, wherever he goes,
Stefan is followed by a fat, heavy, greasy and hairy
tail of the Balkan traditions and ancient pagan and
primitive heredity, the cause of Stefan's inadequacy
and difficulty to adjust to his own surroundings.
Miraculously, behind the curtain of time, in Sir Walter
Raleigh's chambers, that "other world" which reveals
to him numerous mysteries and secrets, is in perfect
collusion with the tail.

The book is an exciting pattern of the fantastic and
the mystic, of bare reality and the sarcastic, of the
erotic and the meditative. While the eternal conflict
between the European East and the Balkanian gloom
on the one and the imperial British tradition on the
other side refracts through the character of Stefan,
in a vestibule of possible a fragile love affair develops
between Stefan and Flora (archeologist from Dorset).

Complex relationships and revealing confessions make
this novel an unusually interesting and fascinating
reading.

GLASS-FORGERS, novel
Author: RATKO ADAMOVIC
Publisher: Narodna Knjiga, 2005

In his latest novel, to a well known formula - in which nothing is what it is and everything is what it is not - Ratko Adamovic adds certain innovations to the narrative practice.

The ‘ancestors? in fact former incarnations of the main character George - a pig, a mangos and a breeding bull - are active agents in the text of the novel, acting in accordance with the dictum - being a person’s own ancestor.

As a complete and independent character (to whom the author has dedicated a role of one of the narrators, what, on the other hand, contributes to the resourcefulness inventiveness and further complexity of the narrative perspective) appears - glass! With this atypical choice for a protagonist of his novel, Adamovic once again proves to be a lucid and innovative storyteller.

The title of the novel itself, i.e. Glass-forgers, is a symbolic metaphor of artist and of art in general, which the author raises to the level of universal meaning ?‘The Glass-forgers. The forgers of the nonexistent. The forgers of illusions.

Unveiling illusions and deceptions of ‘bourgeois?life, through irony and self-parody, the author minimizes the tragedy of choice and the fate of beauty, inevitably contained in art itself.

SKIPPER, novel
Author: RATKO ADAMOVIC
Publisher: Narodna Knjiga, 2007

It seems that the Archipelago of Eternity, in its true sense, was first foreshadowed - however, there is hearsay that it was actually discovered - by a Frenchman. If it is not only a rumor, his name was Georges Bataille. Some eccentrics claim that in some scripts written by the mysterious Frenchman they read about the consequences of when the Archipelago and the life on earth - if the life on earth were worth mentioning at all ?briefly unite somewhere at their hardly noticeable border line. Whichever way, its existence had been long before suspected, though maybe not with that particular name. Nevertheless, it is authentic that the Frenchman was the first one to write about the momentous instant of a “small death?that occurs when the Archipelago of Eternity and the life here, on earth, unite. If the life here ?All right, that doubt has already been expressed.


?Copyright concept Technology, Belgrade 1993, 2000