Andrej Nikolaidis

Andrej Nikolaidis

Born 1974 to a mixed Montenegrin-Greek family and raised in Sarajevo, Bosnia/Herzegovina. In 1992, following the breakout of ethnic strife in Bosnia that soon erupted into an all-out war, Nikolaidis' family moved to Ulcinj, Montenegro. Anti-war activist and promoter of human rights, especially minority rights, Nikolaidis initially became known for his razor-sharp political commentaries. Selected bibliography: The Son (novel); The Coming (Istros Books, London, novel). For his novel The Son he won the European Union Prize For Literature for 2011. Works as a cultural adviser for the Ranko Krivokapic, Speaker of the Montenegrin Parliament.

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Dolazak (The Coming)

Algoritam, 2009

THE COMING is an explosive mixture of three levels: a hard-boiled investigation, the story of an impending global catastrophe, and the description of daily life in a small Balkan city. Imagine Dashiell Hammett meeting Umberto Eco, and both of them meeting Orhan Pamuk! If there is justice in the world, Nikolaidis' novel should become a bestseller bigger than the novels of James Patterson or John Grisham. And since there is no justice in the world, let us hope that a divine caprice will nonetheless make this insanely readable page-turner a mega success”.

Slavoj Žižek

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In a small town on the Adriatic coast, a local detective is content to sacrifice truth for the sake of telling his clients the stories they want to hear. At first, The Coming reads as a traditional detective novel, but suddenly changes form with the advent of snow in midsummer. When the town library burns down under mysterious circumstances, the detective’s long-lost son begins to get involved in the investigations from afar. He takes the reader on excursions into history and recounts the life of Fra Dolcino, a medieval heretic who announced the return of the Messiah and also illuminates the life and work of Sabbatai Zevi, a Renaissance cabalist, who maintained that he himself was the Messiah. We learn that Sabbatai Zevi died in Ulcinj and left behind a manuscript, The Book of Return, which remains hidden. The unsolved mysteries of both past and present, as well as environmental anomalies, serve to create the sense of an impending apocalypse, giving way in the final chapter to a post-apocalyptic reality.

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