Ivica Đikić

For his novel Cirkus Columbia (Edition Feral Tribune, Split, 2003) he received "Meša Selimović Award" for the best fiction book in Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. The book speaks about individual and social breakdowns of the recent war taking place in Bosnian province. Academy Award winner Danis Tanović directed the movie Cirkus Columbia (2010) with Đikić as a co-screenwriter. The novel Cirkus Columbia is translated in Italian and Spanish. His latest novel is I dreamt the elephants (2011).


Ivica Đikić (Ivica Djikic) was born in 1977 in Tomislavgrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Started writing for the newspapers at the age of sixteen. He was a journalist for daily newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija (Split, Croatia), and since late 1996 writes continuously for politically satirical weekly magazine Feral Tribune, the newspaper that won several prestigious world journalistic awards. Since 2001 until 2008 when Feral publishes its last number he was also the magazine's co-editor. In 2008 Đikić started to write for daily newspaper Novi list and from 2009 until 2010 he was the editor in chief of Novi list in Rijeka. At the end of 2010 he started to work as an editor in chief of weekly magazine Novosti from Zagreb published by Srpsko Narodno Vijeće.

For his novel Cirkus Columbia (Edition Feral Tribune, Split, 2003) he received book award "Meša Selimović" for the best fiction book in Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. The book speaks about individual and social breakdowns of the recent war taking place in Bosnian province. Academy Award winner Danis Tanović directed the movie Cirkus Columbia (2010) with Đikić as a co-screenwriter. The movie Cirkus Columbia won numerous awards and it was shown in cinema in 30 countries around the world. The novel Cirkus Columbia is translated in Italian and Spanish and it is also published in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2005) and Serbia (2011).

In 2004 Đikić publishes political biography of Croatian president Stipe Mesić Patriotic Turnover (Domovinski obrat, VBZ, Zagreb). The book analyses the political and personal life of former president of Yugoslavia, later first prime-minister of independent Republic of Croatia, to being elected as president of Croatia in 2000. In 2007 Đikić publishes his second fiction book Ništa sljezove boje (Mallow colour of Nothing, Edition Feral Tribune, Split) which consists of three separate stories (Green Castle, Please, Try and Sleep, As Nothing Ever Happened). The main subject of these stories is again war with its direct and indirect consequences and set-backs caused by it. In 2010 he publishes with Davor Krile and Boris Pavelić book about controversial Croatian general Ante Gotovina (Gotovina – stvarnost i mit, Novi liber, Zagreb). His latest novel is I dreamt the elephants (Sanjao sam slonove, Naklada Ljevak, Zagreb, 2011.).

Đikić is one of the initiator and editor of  non-fiction book edition of Novi liber named Sa zrnom soli (Cum grano salis). Lives in Zagreb.



Cirkus Columbia, Zandonai Editore, Rovereto (TN), Italy, 2008.

Cirkus Columbia, Sajalin Editores, Barcelona, Spain, 2011.

Sanjao sam slonove, Sajalin Editores, Barcelona, Spain (will be published 2013)



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