Miro Gavran, writer

Pontius Pilate

A novel, 150 pages

After the excellent reception from readers and domestic and foreign critics of the novels Judith (2001) and John the Baptist (2002), Miro Gavran has completed his biblical trilogy with the novel Pontius Pilate (2004), the intriguing confessions of the man who sentenced Jesus Christ to death. Following Pilate’s life from his early youth up until ten years after Christ’s crucifixion, Gavran speaks out on the moral and exis- tential dilemmas characteristic to people who lack any spiritual points of reference. Transforming the tale about the callous governor into the story of a convert, Gavran applies an unusual literary procedure to confirm the view that no single human be- ing is ever lost forever. A parallel motif in the novel is the subtly sketched relationship between Pontius Pilate and his wife. The novel is written in the first person as narrated by Pontius Pilate himself.

Pontius Pilate has been published in Croatian in five editions
Translated and published in English, Serbian, German and Slovak

The Critics:

With Pontius Pilate we have been given an unusual novel that draws the attention of readers of all generations with its universalism, the depth of the artistic message, and its unpretentious nature, composition and story.

Mladen Urem, a review

The story of the man who sentenced Jesus Christ to death and then ‘washed his hands’ is told with the simplicity accessible only to born storytellers.

NOVI LIST, Marinko Krmpotić

In all the books in this novelistic trilogy, as in the majority of Gavran’s texts, the main characters are women. So the most clearly sketched character in his novel, Pontius Pilate, is Pilate’s wife Leah, the Jewess who largely defined the entire spiritual life of her husband.

Slobodan P. Novak, POVIJEST HRVATSKE KNJIŽEVNOSTI