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.

Bibliography:


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.

Jurica Pavičić: Saturday Showdown

Jurica Pavičić is best known as an award-wining journalist, who writes a weekly column for the national, daily newspaper, Jutarnji List. He is also a film critic, a college professor and a novelist. He recently finished his seventh novel, Crvena Voda (2017) (Red Water).

In Saturday Showdown, Pavičić explores the themes of familial obligation and self-determination in a story that is uniquely Croatian, in a place where multi-generational households are still common and opportunity doesn’t come knocking twice.

Read Pavičić’s short story below. Translation by Will Firth.

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."

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Jonathon Bousfield on the Heyday of the Iconic Yugoslav Record Label, Jugoton

Jonathon Bousfield recounts the rise of Jugoton, the iconic Zagreb-based Yugoslavian record label that both brought Western music to Yugoslavia and later was at the forefront of the massive post-punk and new wave scenes in the region.

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Mirogoj Cemetery: An Architectural Jewel

Going to a cemetery may not be the first idea that pops into your mind when visiting a new city. But the stunning Mirogoj cemetery in Zagreb, which was designed by the renowned Austrian architect, Herman Bolle, is definitely worth a bit of your time. Read more below to find out why.

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You Haven't Experienced Zagreb if You Haven't Been to the Dolac Market

Dolac, the main city market, is a Zagreb institution. Selling all the fresh ingredients you need to whip up a fabulous dinner, from fruits and vegetables to fish, meat and homemade cheese and sausages, the sellers come from all over Croatia. Positioned right above the main square, the colorful market is a beacon of a simpler way of life and is just as bustling as it was a century ago.

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How to Spend a Spring Day in Zagreb

Wondering where to start exploring Croatia’s small but vibrant capital city, Zagreb? Check out Time Out’s list of must sees in Zagreb from the most famous market in town to where to sample the best rakija (local brandy).

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Croatian Phrases Translated into English

Do you find phrases and sayings give personality and flair to a language? Have you ever pondered how the culture and history of a place shape the common phrases? Check out some common sayings in Croatian with their literal translations and actual meanings below.

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Discover Croatia's Archaeological Secrets

Discover Croatia’s rich archaeological secrets, from the well known ancient Roman city of Salona near Split or the Neanderthal museum in Krapina to the often overlooked Andautonia Archaeological Park, just outside of Zagreb, which boasts the excavated ruins of a Roman town or the oldest continuously inhabited town in Europe, Vinkovci.

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Nikola Tesla – Mind from the Future - Multimedia Exhibition in Zagreb

A spectacular multimedia exhibition honouring Nikola Tesla, one of the world’s greatest visionaries, titled ‘Nikola Tesla – Mind from the Future’, will stay open until 20 March 2018.
“Immersed into the magical world of the genius Nikola Tesla, by merging the elements of a ‘live’ film, video set design, computer game, and magical hologram and light adventure into a unique multimedia experience of extended reality, with this exhibition we seek to take you on a contemplative ‘journey’ without beginning or end, through a process of inspiration, creativity and production.” - Helena Bulaja Madunić, exhibition author

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Hollywood and Dubrovnik

The medieval city in Croatia is having a geek-culture moment as the setting for King’s Landing in the HBO series “Game of Thrones”.
Hollywood seems to have discovered Dubrovnik. Parts of The Last Jedi, the eighth episode in the Star Wars saga, also take place in the fortress town. Filming wrapped this year on a new Robin Hood film starring Taron Eagerton, Jamie Foxx, and Jamie Dornan (and produced by Leonard DiCaprio). The 25th James Bond film is reported to begin shooting in the city in January 2018.
But not everyone appreciates all the attention.

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Great films shot in Zagreb

There's a surprising raft of indelible productions shot in and around Croatia's capital, like the world-dominating spy-caper 'James Bond: From Russia with Love' and Orson Welles' interpretation of Kafka's absurd, existentialist novel 'The Trial'...

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LitLink Thoughts. The Publisher's View by Mitch Albert, Periscope Books.

The curation of a festival of literature naturally entails the “curation” of its participants. Lit Link excelled in this regard – the authors invited from the UK represented a very fine, accomplished tranche of contemporary British writing, and the publishers, for the most part, represented a scrappy, independent ethos and pride in advancing thought-provoking fiction and literary fiction in translation.

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LitLink. The Editor's View. By: Anna Kelly

As far as I know, LitLink festival is unique. Each year it takes a group of writers and publishers to three Croatian cities – Pula, Rijeka, and Zagreb – for a series of evening readings. Along the way there are coach journeys on winding roads, stunning vistas of deep green fields and icy mountains, excellent Croatian wine and food, sea swimming, plenty of book chat...

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A very rough guide to LitLink. The Author's View. By: Joanna Kavenna

Each night there is a bilingual Croatian-English event. Translations are projected behind the writers as they read. It becomes apparent that many contemporary Croatian writers are high ironists, forging dark comedy from aspects of life that most disturb them – war, corruption, the riotous hypocrisy of those who claim to govern us.
The tour runs from Zagreb to Pula to Rijeka...

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Olja Savičević Ivančević: Singer in the Night review

Read a review of the much acclaimed contemporary Croatian writer, Olja Savičević Ivančević’s book, Pjevač u noći (2016) (Singer in the Night).

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New wave in Yugoslavia

As its counterparts, the British and the US new wave, from which the main influences came, the Yugoslav scene was also closely related to punk rock, ska, reggae, 2 Tone, power pop and mod revival.
Important artists were: Azra, Šarlo Akrobata, Idoli (famous for their song "Maljčiki" and its respective video in which they ridiculed the soviet soc-realism), Pankrti (first Yugoslav punk band), Prljavo kazalište (started as a punk unit; the title of their second album Crno-bijeli svijet which means "black and white world" holds a reference to the 2 Tone movement), Električni Orgazam (punk at the beginning, they moved towards post-punk and psychedelia later and were described as "The Punk Doors"), Slađana Milošević, Haustor (mostly reggae, ska and similar influences, but with a more poetic and intellectual approach compared to some danceable bands), Buldožer, Laboratorija Zvuka, Film (one of the first new wave groups), Lačni Franz and many others.
New wave was especially advocated by the magazines Polet from Zagreb and Džuboks from Belgrade.

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Croatian Sites on UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

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Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb

The National Theater in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, is one of those things which always finds its way to every visitor’s busy schedule.

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Zagreb Festivals and Cultural Events

Numerous festivals, shows and exhibitions are held annually in Zagreb. Search our what's on guide to arts & entertainment.

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