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Skipper 

Ratko Adamovic Vecernje Novosti, 21.11.2007

HERETICAL NOVEL

Renowned novelist and story writer Ratko Adamovic (1942) ?photo below ?published his latest novel, the “Skipper? a novel of an atypical form and substance that, we believe, will not leave the readers indifferent. 

Ivan Neverni ( Doubting Ivan), the Skipper, skips the “the gates of birth?and as an adult person arrives into what we regard as our life; arrives from the Archipelago of Eternity to a country-hospital in which there are millions of intensive care units (“shock rooms?; he arrives here, today to Belgrade and Serbia. He poses shockingly forthright questions regarding the perception of the traditional and the religious, the church and its canons, family relations, morals, sex and all other most often distorted rules that have been imposed on the humankind for many centuries. The author told the “Novosti?that he had expected “a coarse and angry respond to such coarse and heretical book? however, look! those ones who have already read it tell him, as he says, that the book is “wonderful? If so, then all the effort and the risk of upfront insolence proved worthwhile, that is, our readers are much brainier and much smarter then what we have expected, says the author. 

MAGIC GLASS
NOVO TOMIC, PROMINENT JOURNALIST OF THE “VECERNJE NOVOSTI?BELGRADE DAILY HELD AN INTERVIEW WITH WRITER RATKO ADAMOVIC CONCERNING HIS TENTH NOVEL WITH AN UNUSUAL TITLE MAGIC GLASS
When entering into my latest novel GLASS FORGERS, I went to visit several glass factories, I tried to blow glass. Glass, together with water, is the only matter that has all the attributes of the magic, it is unreal and yet realistic ?you cannot see it, it is transparent, yet it exists.
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BELGRADE DAILY “POLITKA? BELGRADE, July 2004


IN SEARCH FOR THE SPIRITUAL: RATKO ADAMOVIC

BEHIND THE CURTAIN OF THE TIME
NIGHT ACADEMIES ARE THERAPEUTIC PLACES WHERE ONE DOES NOT SEARCH FOR LEADERS, BUT WHERE FROM A FEW DROPS OF THE SPIRITUAL ONE ATTEMPTS TO CREATE A SEA OF IDEAS 

The ‘Megahit?library of the ‘Narodna Knjiga?published the new novel the “Academy of Night?by our eminent novelist Ratko Adamovic. The novel is an “exciting yarn of a mystic and a fantastic passing through the time?and, according to the literary critics, it is full of reflections on Castaneda, Coelho, Hesse?br>
In this interview with the writer, we are attempting to enlighten our readers on the ambiance in which the plot of the novel develops, urging expansion of free ideas, develops.
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Weekly magazine "Reporter",
Belgrade, 1 june 2004
Ljiljana Lu?? Ratko Adamovi?
a passanger through time. Conspiracy by the powerful still exists.

The characters of the novel
academy of night are not real.
History is a huddle of interests.
Every heartfelt eros is a prayer.

Unforgetable meetings with bohumil hrabal, czeslaw milosz and alan ginsberg.

Writer Ratko Adamovic, following a long string of his literary work, has
written his so far best book: Academy of Night. Although the thirteenth it
has brought good luck, at least according to the literary critics who were
very generous in praising it. But in his literary biography, there is also
quite a number of essays and literary criticism. He has also translated
from English and in Belgrade he is remembered as the editor of Francuska
7 for many years. He held lectures on our and world literature in America
and Canada. And at last, let us mention the awards. For Immortal Kaleb
he was awarded Isidora Sekulic Prize, and for Kantarion, Branko Copic
Prize. He is expecting the Nobel, he says laughing. And while he is
preparing material for his novelized biography, he is expecting invitations
from abroad for translations of his books, before all the Academy of Night.
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"BOOKWORLD" - LITERARY SKILL
RATKO ADAMOVIC: "IMMORTAL KALEB"

A novel about the cradle of civilization, about
moment and eternity, of a profound taste of style,
this work reflects the author's personal courage to
immerge into the essence of the universe at the
end of the twentieth century, when this is most
necessary anyway. Who is Peter Kaleb? It would be
too easy to say that he is a common literary hero
roaming the spaces of Adamovic's imagination.
According to his spiritual structure, he rises above the plot of this
novel, so as to point out to the readers the path to true humanity. As
such, Peter Kaleb overgrows the role of a literary hero.

The novel "Immortal Kaleb" is composed of numerous stories, literary
miniatures, but the creative power beaming from this novel in the first
place, makes the miniatures well incorporated. Adamovic, whose literary
skill has been verified through his previous nine books, has proved that
in narration permeated with religion, mythology and mysticism, he is
invincible. Pastoral motifs that continuously paint the plot of the novel
have been raised to the level of metaphysical, however, Adamovic's
metaphysical has not been forcefully copied from ancient books, on the
contrary, it is a personal distinction. Ancient books have taught Adamovic
to constantly develop his inventiveness. Therefore, while sticking to a
common framework, he is able to create his own mythology. Thus, such
mythology, expressed as a high literary achievement, is a proof of the
spiritual completeness of the author.

ADAMOVIC AWARDED for his novel "Immortal Kaleb"

"Isidora Sekulic" award established in 1967 in the will
of prominent Serbian writer was awarded this year
to Ratko Adamovic's novel "Immortal Kaleb". 
"Immortal Kaleb" has been built on the base of a philosophy of life that
puts the values of idealistic and the striving of human spirit, against the
trivial advancement of the lowest human material interests.

"ISIDORA SEKULIC" AWARD TO RAKO ADAMOVIC
Ratko Adamovic (55), prose writer, has been awarded
this year's award "Isidora Sekulic" for his novel "Immortal
Kaleb" (Narodna Knjiga).

In his new novel, Ratko Adamovic witnesses the
journey to the gates of death

A WRITER IS LIKE A SCRIBE,
HE TAKES DICTATION


There was a lot of talk about Ratko Adamovic's new
novel "Immortal Kaleb" at the Book Fair, although
the author agreed with his publisher, "Narodna
knjiga" to delay the novel's presentation for a while.
However, Adamovic's presence at this grand book
presentation was a chance for us to learn a bit
about his "so far the most complete novelistic
achievement".

?."Regretfully, for today's readers every serious
spiritual perception seems like fantasy. It is true, I
did dare describe in my novel my private experience,
certainly breaking some rules. I described my
experience from New Mexico. It happened so, I was
allowed, and eventually I was honoured to travel to the gates of death.
I am a witness to this journey in my novel."?.

?."A writer is just a diligent scribe, he takes notes and then composes
dictations and whispers. In serious literature, a writer does not choose a
book, a book chooses a writer"?BR>
Women are wiser characters

In the novel "Immortal Kaleb", Adamovic points out several female
characters and raises them to the top of the world.

- This time women were my wiser heroes. They are positive characters,
tormented and, I believe, deeply humane. And when we talk about
women, they are always even deeper than just humane.

LITERARY AWARD "ISIDORA SEKULIC"
FOR 1997 AWARDED TO RATKO
ADAMOVIC -"IMMORTAL KALEB"


Written in a brilliant style, in a way
that from the first to the last page
charms the reader with its literary skill,
its rhythm of narration, its metaphoric
and symbolic, its poetic of the magic
and the magic of the words, leading
the reader through the most effective
and the most sublimely designed 
spiritual landscapes and adventures,
functionally incorporated in the entirety
of the message, so that the achieved
structure, fable and the meditative
level elevate the novel to the very
summits of our contemporary prose.

RATKO ADAMOVIC WINS "ISIDORA SEKULIC"
AWARD FOR 1997
A MONK IN LITERATURE
"Everybody on this planet will be happy when
people realize that death does not exist. The
body, a borrowed machine, departs, the spirit
does not die", says Ratko Adamovic, the
writer whose novel "Immortal Kaleb" was
awarded the worthy prize named after the
prominent Serbian writer Isidora Sekulic.

? "Professor Peter Kaleb, the main
character of your awarded novel,
undoubtedly carries an association of
Hesse's Maister Josef Knecht - he has a high
rank, he is a charismatic person and receives
sincere respect and love of his company.

Are personalities like him needed in this world of ours? Is it
possible that future Peter Kalebs might be forbidden by the
highest global jurisdiction?"

"As long as there is one Peter Kaleb in this world, there is hope for
humanity. He is the eternal petal, the divine bond and link with the
spiritual mainstay of contemporary civilization. You mentioned a possibility
of open persecution of the spiritual and the natural by the summits of the
global rulers. There is a group of sick old men, definitely foolish people,
bored with abundance, who do not know how and where to spend their
money, how to make their factories, their corporations work…Departing
this world, so careless and poor in spirit, they are dreaming of cloned
men, establishing virtual reality as the only possible reality. There is a
satanic touch in this illness?

I sincerely hope that Kalebs will survive. That a spark of spirituality, that
- without a shadow of pathetic - the essence of our existence will not
be extinguished.

Eros is a prayer. You must enter the world of Eros, love embrace, love
fascination, like in a temple, and approach it like a prayer. Eros,
nevertheless, may be bare, poor, extremely gymnastics like, plunged. It is
sad.

On the other hand, talking about Tanatos, death does not exist. Body,
the borrowed machine, departs. The Spirit does not die. The force of
Tanatos you are talking about is powerful, but one should not be afraid of
dying. Everybody on this planet will be happy when people realize that
death does not exist."?/FONT>

"ISIDORA" TO RATKO


BOOKSHOP WINDOW - IMMORTAL KALEB

Seductive, of intoxicating rhetoric, in parts
even monstrous and imperatively stimulative,
this novel and its main character in particular-

a symbol that integrates one whole era of human spirit's development,
shall force the contemporary reader, exhausted by various creative
experiments, not to devote himself to it just only once.

RATKO ADAMOVIC WINNER OF THE “ISIDORA SEKULIC?br>

A NOVEL IS A GREAT SYMPHONY


NEW FROM THE "NARODNA KNJIGA"

"IMMORTAL KALEB" BY RATKO ADAMOVIC


A BOOK CHOOSES A WRITER

Ratko Adamovic has been present in
our literature for about thirty years
and he has been the editor of the
"Francuska 7" literary readings for
many years. In his own style, he has
completed his latest novel "Kantarion",
published recently by "Narodna knjiga"
and it is his tenth book

?"A writer does not choose a book,
a book chooses a writer. I felt, when
I was concluding "Kantarion" as if I
had paid a long outstanding debt and
paying the debt to the giver I thought
that I was obliged to write this book."?/FONT>

?"It is disastrous that I, being an "urban idiot", like this megalopolis in
a strange way, I say, it is tragic that in a certain moment that when I
see in a park the Sun setting and caressing with its glow a pine or a

birch, I get so thrilled that tears get in my eyes."?

?"The plot of "Kantarion" develops on two parallel levels - on the real
and on the other world??

?"I cannot see anyone who would be happier than me if people would
eventually realize that the other world exists. It is undoubtedly as real as
the one that we so cowardly and blindly call our reality. The very moment
when you are able to ascend to the next levels of other worlds and
human consciousness, you understand that this world is the most fragile,
most unrealistic and the poorest on the scale of worlds that really
exists."?

?"Is every urban person's fate to turn into an "urban idiot who would
blindly respect even the traffic lights" as the character of your novel
said.?"?

?"We are undoubtedly, more or less, "urban idiots". I have just returned
from England. People hate big cities there and it is wonderful. Whoever
earns an extra penny, lives outside big cities. It is disastrous that I, an
"urban idiot" like this megalopolis in a strange way, I say, it is tragic that
in a certain moment that when in a park I see the Sun setting and
caressing with its glow a pine or a birch, I get so thrilled that tears fill
my eyes. For people who live in mountains it is normal everyday life and
for us "urban idiots" a fantastic spectacle. We have lost so much of our
lives in the dirty anthills."?/FONT>

AWAKENING OF MAN: "KANTATRION" BY RATKO ADAMOVIC

A ROAD TO SALVATION

"Only the rare ones are able to achieve a lasting
harmony, the ones capable of breaking away
from the interests of everyday life, from the benefits
of the dirty everyday life. Those who truly strive
towards the spiritual", Ratko Adamovic said. His new
book "Kantarion" discovers the truth and teaches
how the truth could be best borne and gilded in
one's spirit."

?"For you, fascination is the only thing worth living
for in this life. Why fascination, when it, at least in
this world, is paid with disappointment?"?

?."If there is no fascination, then we have nothing.

Fascination is that step up, the upper level of human elevation. In the
moment of fascination, we find ourselves on the great bridge and look
down onto the profane, false life passing below. When you are forced to
descend again into the large swamp of everyday life, in clash of interests,
lies, nothingness, it is much easier for you to bear it if you once had the
experience of great fascination."?

?."If these threats come true, those who talk about tradition, who talk
about their wise grandfather or great grandfather, who celebrate their
patron saint's days, will be the most disastrous thorns in their sides.
Whoever continues to maintain tradition and enjoy its fruits, whoever
enjoys to listen to the music of Sibelius and Dvorzak, whoever
continues to read the eminent works of world literature will be, I am
afraid, a potential tenant of a horrible dungeon, a ghastly asylum", Ratko
Adamovic concludes"?

AWARDS

KANTARION

"Kantarion's universality and the beauty of
narration make this novel, as some people
have already pointed out, a book of
exceptional reach. Avoiding general
judgments, I dare say, that this one,
although tenth, is one of Ratko Adamovic's
best books and it undoubtedly ranks the
author among our leading contemporary
prosaics." (Academician Antonije Isakovic's
speech at the award ceremony).


CONEMPORARIES: RATKO ADAMOVIC

BOOKS ARE WRITTEN IN THE
MOST DIFFUCLT TIMES

Books, whether they are written as poetry or
prose, make their way in the so-called current
YU situation. Likewise Soviet Russians once
upon a time, domestic passengers traveling
from one to another destination, make friends
with literature. On buses, trams, in long queues
for bread -milk - life, pages of belles-letteres
glisten, dough a bit bashfully. The "Sacred Oak"
can be seen in somber queues and Belgrade
trams. With this serious and solid prose, a
passenger can travel a hundred tram-kilometers

Myth journeys with the 'Oak' probably drive away horror and kill time and
troubles. With a book, one is not alone.

?"Poor and tormented are usually obedient. People who live in
abundance are never ready for obedience. How one can send a message
across that any martyr's preaching deserves not a bow or yielding by
poor people, Stefan the Savaot, the leading character of the "Sacred
Oak" is asking himself, leaving the extremely rich city of Regensburg. He is
tormented by thoughts like: "When will they make progress." or 'Nothing is
more deceiving than human eyesight, it is therefore given to every
human.' and 'Can one trust his master, the leader of a nation? Never trust
him when he is adamant. If he is hesitating, then maybe. If he is firm -
never trust him."? "?

A WRITER DARES ANYTHING

Your favour for a grotesque view of the
world is demonstrated also in this book.

-Bela Hamvash said that the fall of mankind

began 600 years B.C.
Hopefully, until then the history of man was
progressing as something that could be
named as the life of the human essence, if
not better, then at least equal with the
rest of the nature, rivers, sand, grass,
birds, crystals, groves, change of seasons.
From the fall of 600 years B.C. to date it is
not history, it is a GROTESQUE, augmented
with each century it has been softening
man and making him a slimy imitator, buyer,
consumer, collector of trivia from trash
dumps of the planet. Ancient man, when he
was unable to obtain his piece of meat, he
would quietly and patiently say his prayer

facing a gorge, or a lime tree, or an oak and then he would go to sleep.
Contemporary man will, for the same piece of meat, for a patch of fur, for
one wheel of a car, betray his kin, his country, family and what is the
worst his ESSENCE, caring not if it had ever lived in him and caring not for
the fact that without it there is nothingness.

For you, writing is an act of magic. Paper is a big secret. You believe in
power and fascination of narration. Do you think that it may sometimes
be an obstacle for a writer?

- Many writers today believe that the writing is a trade and primarily a
matter of routine. To their regret, this is very far from literature. Without
magic, fiction, a never-explained contact with the never recognized
Whisperer, an act of creation, art and inspiration does not exist. This is
all later transferred to honorable homes, libraries, human heads and the
life without this would be just a bare, boring exercise. Ancient chief used
to introduce his tribe first to a story through which he would explain the
substance of his magic. When the magic of narration disappears, when
human need to hand it down to other people and human need to accept
it disappears - man, as we know him, will disappear. Only machines will
hum in the world. You asked if this could be an obstacle for a writer.
Anything can be an obstacle for a writer until he realizes that he dares
anything.

NEW PAGANS

You have published 8 books so far. Are the
"Rope", "Nude Guard", "Workshop for
Madness" and the "Sacred Oak" just a
prelude of the "Pagan Protocol"?

-Prelude is something that happens before
the birth. Maybe all our books are just a
prelude to a drama before unpleasant guards
of the Gates of Death. Entering into a new
novel, I find the previous novels so far from
me and can remember them only as distant

and long ago gone relatives. Although the first edition has been sold out
and the second edition is being prepared, Pagan Protocol is ever less on
my mind as there is a new book, a new novel already being born. It is
dramatic - you melt over a new character, you devote your whole being
to pages, thoughts and visions and then, entering a new book, you can
hardly remember the previous ones.

Who are the pagans in your novel and what is their protocol to you "who
under the hand of John the Baptist" live in Belgrade (as the note about
the writer reads)?

-Everybody who has left the temple of humanity is a pagan. Wise
Hamvash said, "He who goes outside, will disappear in the darkness" and
the pagan world is all around us throughout our tormented globe, far from
the inner light of man as if it was always outside. But in the "Protocol",
pagans are also my dear ancestors, honorable pagans from under the
wing of Perun, Vid and Vesna (Slavic pagan gods). As such, they confront
the new pagans, robbers, sellers and buyers, bloody hordes of the new
protocol where spirituality and humanity are no measure, but mockery.

SECOND EDITION OF THE "PAGAN PROTOCOL" BY RATKO ADAMOVIC

MAGUS DECODES REGULAR OCCURANCES

The prose, one could say, looking at your
"variations" and change of "code" is the most
flexible form?

- As you can see, I like to experiment. I feel a
strange irritation towards books that always
resemble their predecessors. I am excited with
the very thought of a novel that will present a
new approach. It then justifies a repeated
entrance into the space of the magic.
Naturally, the other approach of the mutation

of always one and the same book is always safer.

-Routine is always a dangerous trap for a writer, often he is not even
aware of it and then it turns into fawning over a bad and spoiled reader.
One should always think of Gogol, Tolstoy and Mann. Only an ingenious
writer can be the author of the "Dead Souls", "Nose", "Overcoat", "Diary
of a Madman" and "Taras Bulba", all at the same time. Sometimes it is
almost hard to believe that the same Mann is the author of the "Magic
Hill", "The Budenbrocks" and than the unsurpassable "Doctor Faustus".
Variety makes an author the famous magus who can be characterized as
the mediator of a vision, idea, perception or anything that human regular
occurrences are unable to explain. Naturally, it is impossible to talk about
the polyphony that we call a novel in a brief interview like this - Ratko
Adamovic says.

WE STOPPED BEING NAIVE

The phrase "writers in politics" has really
developed in former and present
Yugoslavia. What is your comment?

- In my opinion, this is one of terrible
civilization tricks. We can get used to
something that is foreign to our culture.
Everywhere in the world a writers' job is
in literature. Only in shameful traps of
communist tyranny, in the Czech
Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Slovenia,
Croatia and in the terribly abused Serbia,
writers play politics and are expected to
be the leaders of political movements and

this is a horrible trap. Everywhere in the world this is done by idle
adventurers who have piled up heaps of money, have finished their jobs
and have outgrown their games with their corporations.

ALLEGORY OF OUR TIME

RATKO ADAMOVIC: "CARAVANSARY"

"Ratko Adamovic posses a certain kind of
talent for narration and for enjoying 
narration that resembles the privilege of
traditional oral narrators. This narration, as
a rule, on occasions turns into arabesques
that have split with the motive and the
subject to follow the rhythm of its own
talking, however, even then, it carries
attraction of linguistic magic. Characters in
this narration are successfully individualized

through dialogues and monologues. The characters of Father-superior
Dimitri and Peter Valdeg are plastic and well carved. In this book, which
does not hide traces of literary and intellectual influences, as they are in
the service of the plot and the poetics, an adequate balance has been
found between the fable and literary means. We can see again a really
mature Adamovic."

?Copyright concept Technology, Belgrade 1993, 2000