Vlado Bulić

In 2006 Bulić published the novel A Journey into the Heart of the Croatian Dream (Putovanje u srce hrvatskog sna) which won the Jutarnji list Prize for the best book of fiction. A Journey to the Heart of the Croatian Dream, a collection of stories that can be read as an episode novel, is actually bildungsroman which follows his early years in war and post-war Croatia. This is a journey from “the shovel to the Internet” that could easily be read as the “journey” of the society on the whole.

 

BIOGRAPHY AND BIBLIOGRAPHY

Vlado Bulić was born in 1979 in Split where he finished elementary school and high school. After he graduated from high school, Bulić enrolled in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb which he dropped during his sophomore year and enrolled in the School of Philosophy also in Zagreb. He studies Croatian language and literature and information science.

During his freshman year at the new university he got more involved with his literary work.

In 2003 his manuscript won the first book contest organized by Studentski centar in Zagreb. Thus, Bulić published his debut book of poetry entitled 100 komada (100 Pieces) which received an enthusiastic welcome from both critics and audience. Several poems from this collection were included in the Anthology of New Croatian Poetry (Matica Hrvatska Sisak, 2004, ed. Miloš Đurđević) and 100 pieces represented Croatia at the UNESCO’s competition Mostovi Struge.

In 2006 Bulić published the novel Putovanje u srce hrvatskog sna (A Journey into the Heart of the Croatian Dream, AGM, 2006). In the same year his collection of blog-columns Pušiona (Blowhole, AGM, 2006) appeared under his nom-de-plume Denis Lalić.

Until 2006 Denis Lalić (Vlado Bulić’s blog nickname) was a columnists at the web portal Index.hr and the author of Blowhole, which was voted the best blog-column on the Croatian web. Meanwhile, Denis Lalić’s name appeared on many websites and in print media so Lalić, although a fictional character, also figures as a “real person”. With the publication of the selection of the best of Blowhole, Denis Lalić became an author.

A Journey to the Heart of the Croatian Dream, a collection of stories that can be read as an episode novel, is actually Denis Lalić’s bildungsroman which follows his early years in war and post-war Croatia. This is a journey from “the shovel to the Internet” that could easily be read as the “journey” of the society on the whole. The novel A Journey into the Heart of the Croatian Dream won the Jutarnji list Prize for the best book of fiction in Croatia in 2006.

Denis Lalić thus becomes a character from a novel, an author of a collection of columns, and a “media person” and this fact if not eradicates, at least expands the boundaries between literary and media fiction.

 

Email: vlado.bulic@gmail.com

 




Journey to the Heart of the Croatian Dream

Vlado Bulić's novel Journey to the Heart of the Croatian Dream won the Jutarnji list Prize for the best book of fiction in Croatia in 2006.
This is a journey from “the shovel to the Internet” that could easily be read as the “journey” of the society on the whole.
Read sample translation from the novel translated by Tomislav Kuzmanović.

Lost in Castration

Tomislav Kuzmanović

But what happens when we try our hand at translating a thing such as penis; when we attempt to erect it in a sociocultural context different from its original context? Some expressions contain the word kurac (penis), but they cannot be translated into English without the word being lost. Even when they get translated into English and the word is kept, the whole spectrum of the meanings of the phrase containing it is lost. What gets lost here is crucial for understanding the text at its full and it will be the topic of the ensuing discussion.

Vlado Bulic: Brodosplit

The Brodosplit I know is in my family's photo albums. In the two most important ones - the white one and the black one, which were the first things packed whenever we moved, and finally settled down in Split's Sućider neighborhood, in an apartment Ma and I got from Brodosplit. In the white one are photos of my parents' wedding, and in the black one photos of my father's funeral.

100 PIECES by Vlado Bulić

In his Artist Statement Vlado Bulić asserts that for him literature should be a product of the author’s need to cope with the things around him which most often present themselves as problems causing frustration and frustration only. Bulić's book of poetry 100 Pieces (100 komada; published 2003) comes out of this frustration.
The poems in this volume allow to be read as true anecdotes about the daily existence of the individuals who do not have any perspective or objective in their lives.

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