Jurica Pavičić

His novel Plaster Sheep (Ovce od gipsa) has been translated into German and published by Nummer 8. The book was proclaimed the third best book of the year in the German speaking countries in the category of crime stories and thrillers by the Swiss magazine Facts. The same novel was made into a film under the title Witnesses (Svjedoci), directed by Vinko Brešan and included into the programme of the Berlin film festival, where it received the Ecumenical Award.

Born in Split in 1965 where he completed primary and secondary education. He graduated in history and world literature from the University of Zagreb. Since 1990 he has lived permanently in Split, working as a film critic and a columnist for different papers and magazines (''Vijenac'', ''Zarez'', ''Nedjeljna Dalmacija'', ''Jutarnji list''...). In 1992 he received the national award ''Vladimir Vuković'' for film criticism. Since 1994 he has been writing a regular weekly column entitled ''Vijesti iz Liliputa'' (''News from Liliput'') in which he dissects the society, politics, and culture of the war and post-war Croatia. For the texts from this series he was awarded by the national journalists' association ''Marija Jurić-Zagorka'' in 1996; he received a special award for his contribution to journalism ''Veselko Tenžera'' in 2002, and ''Miljenko Smoje'' award by ''Slobodna Dalmacija'' in 2007.

He made his literary debut in 1997 by a social thriller entitled Ovce od gipsa (Plaster Sheep) in which he deals with the problem of war crime in war-time Split in 1992. The following year the novel was to be nominated for the ''Gjalski'' national fiction award. His second novel, Nedjeljni prijatelj (A Sunday Friend), a crime story dealing with social controversies of Croatia in the 1990-ies was published in 2000. His short stories were published in various literary journals. In 2000 his play entitled Trovačica (The Poisoner) was produced by the Croatian National Theatre in Split, having won the national drama award ''Držić'' in the previous year. He published his collected texts from the series ''Vijesti iz Liliputa'' in book form. The same year saw the publication of a monograph on Croatian post-modernist fantasy literature. His third novel Minuta 88, set in the world of football and fan sub-culture, was published in 2002. The novel was shortlisted for the ''Jutarnji list'' award for the best fiction work of the year. His fourth novel Kuća njene majke (Her Mother's House) was published in 2005 in ''Jutarnji list''. His fifth novel Crvenkapica (The Little Red Riding Hood) appeared in 2006. It’s a contemporary version of Charles Perrault fable, taking place in contemporary Zagreb. Pavičić latest book of fiction is a story collection Patrola na cesti (Highway Patrol), and it includes 10 family stories.

His short stories and essays have been translated into English, German, Italian and Bulgarian. The novel Ovce od gipsa has been translated into German and published by Nummer 8 from Wetzlar. The book was subsequently proclaimed the third best book of the year in the German speaking countries in the category of crime stories and thrillers by the Swiss magazine Facts. The same novel was made into a film under the title Svjedoci (Witnesses), directed by Vinko Brešan and included into the official programme of the Berlin film festival, where it received the Ecumenical Award. For the screenplay of this film Pavičić won the major award ''Velika zlatna arena'' at the Pula film festival in 2003.


Ovce od gipsa (Plaster Sheep), novel, A.B. Gigantic, Solin-Split 1998.
Nedjeljni prijatelj, novel, Znanje, Zagreb, 2000.
Hrvatski fantastičari – jedna književna generacija (Croatain Fantasy Writers –A Literary Generation) Zavod za znanost o književnosti FF u Zagrebu, Zagreb 2000.
Vijesti iz Liliputa, (News from Liliput) essays and columns, VBZ Zagreb, 2001.
Nachtbus nach Triest, Kriminalroman, Verlaghaus No.8, Wetzlar 2001.
Minuta 88, novel, v.b.z., Zagreb, 2002.
Split by Night, essays and columns, Split 2003.
Kuća njene majke (Her Mother's House), novel, Jutarnji list, Zagreb 2005
Crvenkapica (The Little Red Riding Hood) novel, v.b.z. Zagreb 2006.
Patrola na cesti (Highway Patrol), collection of short stories, V.B.Z. 2008.
Postjugoslavenski film: Stil i ideologija (Post-Yugoslav Cinema: Style and Ideology), Hrvatski filmski savez, Zagreb 2011
Nove vijesti iz Liliputa (New News from Liliput), essays and columns, EPH Media, Zagreb 2011.
Patruglia sulla strada, short stories, Salento Books, Lecce, June 2012.

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The Mediterranean: Room without a view

Jurica Pavicic
Wespennest, Eurozine

The mythical Mediterranean of the tourist imagination masks a reality of debt, stagnation and social decline. Yet the region colludes in its own downfall, writes Jurica Pavicic, trading in former glories while acquiescing to political and economic exploitation.

The Snake Collector

Jurica Pavičić's story translated by Marija Dukić.

Pavičić recently wrote: "Usually, trajectory of the fiction writer starts with writing short stories, with publishing of the stories in the magazines, an then, later, after the apprentice's maturity, comes Her Majesty- novel. In my case, history goes in an opposite direction. From late 90s, I published five novels, novels in which I tried to merge an elements of the unconventional, intelligent genre writing (thriller, crime novel) with social novel. After a decade as a novelist, I've started writing short stories and fell under the spell of it. After a long search, I've found out what kind of stories I write well: slightly longer, with longer time span, sometimes covering deacades, with more then a few characters in elaborate costellations – and yet, all that in short. Stories I like are like novels (or films) incapsulated in a small bottle."


How Are You? by Barbara Matejčić, a review


"From time to time, a literary work would appear that would succeed in giving a voice to the voiceless ones. How Are You?, an excellent collection of short stories by a Croatian journalist and writer Barbara Matejčić, is one of these literary works.
The author has spent a period of her life with her characters, being with them, helping them and listening to their stories, and her method is hence intrinsically one typical of investigative journalism."
Saša Ilić, eurolitnetwork.com


Tea Tulić: The Hair is everywhere (Selection)


Tea Tulić was born in Rijeka (Croatia) in 1978. Her work was published in various Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian and Slovenian literature and cultural magazines including McSweeney’s from San Francisco. In 2011, she won Prozak, a literary award for the best young author’s manuscript, which resulted in publication of her first book, a fragmentary novel Kosa posvuda (Hair Everywhere). The novel received numerous positive reviews and was included in the top five prose books of the 2011 by Vijesnik daily newspaper, The Croatian Ministry of Culture awarded it as one of the best prose books in 2011. Hair Everywhere is also translated and published in UK, Italy, Macedonia and Serbia. In 2014. in cooperation with the musical collective Japanski Premijeri, she published spoken word album Albumče on Bandcamp.
She is a jury member of international short prose competition Lapis Histrae and a member of RiLit, a non-formal group of writers from Rijeka. Her new novel “Maksimum jata” (Flock’s maksimum) is recently published.

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