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Pontius Pilate

Pontius Pilate (2004) completes Miro Gavran's biblical trilogy. This novel offers a unique perspective on the story of Pontius Pilate, who sentenced Jesus Christ to death. It delves into his moral and existential dilemmas, transforming the tale of a callous governor into a story of conversion.


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 existential 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 being 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 six editions.

Translated and published in English, Serbian, German, and Slovak.

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