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Andrija Matic | Šaht (2009)
Andrija Matić (1978) is a Serbian writer. His novels include A Blackout in Five Images (2013), Manhole (2009), and The Disappearance of Zdenko Kupresanin (2006). His collection of short stories is entitled The Museum of Modern Art (2010). He is also the author of T.S. Eliot: A Poet, Critic, Playwright (2007). Andrija Matić lives in Belgrade, Serbia. Andrija Matić (1978) objavio je romane Pomračenje u pet slika (2013), Šaht (2009) i Nestanak Zdenka Kuprešanina (2006), zbirku priča Muzej savremene umetnosti (2010) i studiju T. S. Eliot: pesnik, kritičar, dramski pisac (2007). Živi u Beogradu.
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Šaht (2009)

Šaht is Matić’s second novel. It is a dystopia on Serbian society in the near future, based on nationalism, demagogy and xenophobia. Matić’s style is clear, cold and precise, making a striking contrast to his narrative world. The tragic intensity of this novel is quite rare in the contemporary Serbian literature. Perfectly shaped narrative line, which leads the protagonist to the abyss of political, historical and personal defeat, makes this novel a genuine page-turner.


“This has been my smoothest and most pleasant reading experience in recent Serbian literature. The fact that the book is easy to read does not guarantee success, but clearly proves that it has been written with a great precision in plot and style.”

Saša Ćirić, Novosti

Šaht is a satirical story with allegorical power: sharp, brave and by all means necessary literary punch in the face of Serbian society.”

Mića Vujičić, Politika

“The language of this novel is modern and precise, showing the writer’s deliberate intention of ironizing the text.”

Zlatoje Martinov, Republika

“The narrator refrains from intervening in the narrative and refuses to take sides, thus urging the readers to make their own conclusions. It is a justified narrative strategy which relies on reader’s empathy.”

Vladimir Arsenić, E-novine
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