Fraktura, 2018, 176 pages
In his defence speech, Albert Koc, the genius writer of speeches and proclamations, founder of the secret Special Office for Social Self-criticism during the presidency of Oktavio Naht, exposes the hypocrisy of the Church and state, his own ideas and suggestions to the exiled president Naht, which at one point opened the door of a country prone to dictatorship and autocratic rule towards the world and progress. Charged with instigation to suicide to avenge his brother’s death, Koc defends not just himself but above all the idea of freedom and common sense.
Apparition is a novel about democracy and its weaknesses, about the Catholic church, dictatorship and freedom. Through the story of one man and his family, Ivica Đikić brilliantly depicts not only the volatility of politics and luck but also focuses on the questions of morality, loyalty, faith and love. The apparition already happened, and our choice – to conceal or accept it – will determine the kind of world we’ll live in.