Thanks to a sound choice of personalities, excellent characterisation and convincing descriptions, Gavran has managed to conjure up for the reader not only interesting human characters, but also the spirit of times past.
With the brilliance of the story, the characterisation and personalities, the finely honed language and the narrative composition, this work by Gavran can definitely be seen to be the outcome of prolonged consideration and exhaustive work. The skilfully formed characters and their traits are extracted from everyday life to present a new reality, coloured with the imagination of the author.
Gavran’s John the Baptist is interesting literature, a well-structured and well-told story, and proof of the full maturity of this teller of tales, a writer who has long proved himself as a playwright and now definitely conquers the field of prose with his Baptist.
As this novel speaks of universal values, the final message is deeply human and uni- versal.