Krešimir Bagić

Krešimir Bagić has published several collections of poetry, as the sole author and in collaboration with others. In 2003, he published Le palmier se balance (Paris, Editions Caractères), a selection of his poetry translated into French by M. Andrašijević. He has also published a series of essays and studies on Croatian literature.

Krešimir Bagić was born in 1962 in Gradište, a small town in Slavonia, in eastern Croatia. He studied Croatian Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb, where he also completed his postgraduate studies in linguistics. After graduating, he found a post in the Department of Stylistics in the Croatian Literature Department of Zagreb, Faculty of Philosophy, where he initially worked as an assistant and subsequently became chief of the department, the position he currently holds. Between 1996 and 1999 he was Reader in Croatian at the Sorbonne in Paris. Since 2005, he has been the head of the Zagreb Slavic Studies School, an international seminar for foreign Slavists attached to the Croatian Literature Department, which takes place in Dubrovnik and was founded in 1970.

Bagić began to publish criticism and poetry as a student; in the mid-1980s he edited the weekly student newspaper Studentski list and the literary magazine Quorum, and then worked as an editor for Croatian Radio’s Third Program. Between 1999 and 2002 he had a column in the daily Jutarnji list, in which he discussed new Croatian verse. These were later published in book form as Brisani prostor (The Killing Zone), after the title of the columns. He has published several collections of poetry, as the sole author and in collaboration with others. In 2003 he published Le palmier se balance, (Paris, Editions Caractères), a selection of his poetry in French translation by M. Andrašijević. He has published an anthology of contemporary Croatian short stories, Goli grad (The Naked City: Zagreb 2003, Ljubljana 2005), a series of essays and studies on Croatian literature, and edited a number of collections of specialist writings and essays.


Svako je slovo kurva, with Boris Gregorić, IGK, Zagreb 1988
Između dva snažna dima, RZ RK SSOH, Zagreb 1989
Krošnja, Naklada MD/Meandar, Zagreb 1994
Bršljan, Meandar, Zagreb, 1996
Jezik za svaku udaljenost, Naklada MD, Zagreb 2001
Le palmier se balance, trans. Marin Andrijašević, Editions Caracteres, Paris 2003
U polutami predgrađa, Disput, Zagreb 2006.


Četiri dimenzije sumnje, with J. Matanović, M. Mićanović and V. Bogišić, essays, Quorum, Zagreb 1988
Živi jezici, study, Naklada MD, Zagreb 1994
Umijeće osporavanja - pjesnički stilovi A. G. Matoša i M. Krleže, study, Naklada MD, Zagreb 1999
Brisani prostor, newspaper columns, Meandar, Zagreb 2002
Treba li pisati kako dobri pisci pišu, essays, Disput, Zagreb 2004.

As editor:

Rječnik Trećeg programa, essays, HRT, Zagreb, 1995.
Poštari lakog sna, a selection from the contemporary Croatian short stories, Naklada MD, Zagreb 1996
Goli grad - antologija hrvatske kratke priče 80-ih i 90-ih, anthology of the Croatian short stories from 1980s and 1990s, Naklada MD, Zagreb, 2003; Slovenian edition, Golo mesto - antologija hrvaške kratke proze, Študentska založba, Ljubljana 2005
Važno je imati stila, essays, Disput, Zagreb 2003
Bacite stil kroz vrata, vratit će se kroz prozor: suvremena francuska i frankofona stilistika, criticism, Naklada MD, Zagreb 2006


Award "Ivan Goran Kovačić" for the first book of poetry, with Boris Gregorić, 1988
Award "Julije Benešić" for the book, Brisani prostor, 2002.

Quorum Generation Prose

article by Krešimir Bagić

"To the writers of the Quorum generation the most inspirational world literature writers are the short story authors Daniil Kharms, Dino Buzzati, Jorge Luis Borges and Raymond Carver, the autoreferential prose of Umberto Eco and Italo Calvino, and ‘hipster’ and erotic literature ranging from authors such as the Marquis de Sade to Charles Bukowski, Henry Miller and William Burroughs.It is generally possible to point out three prose models used by the writers gathered around the Quorum library and magazine: minimalist prose, conceptual prose and urban landscape prose."

The Market-place in Dubrava

Five poems by Krešimir Bagić


Advent in Zagreb 2018

Zagreb's Advent has been voted Europe’s Best Advent for three years running with good reason, but it’s best to find out why for yourself. Check out all the info on this year’s Advent in Zagreb in the link below.


Cool Things To Do in Zagreb

Zagreb is Croatia’s relaxed, charming and pedestrian-friendly capital. Check out Time Out’s definitive Zagreb guide for a diverse set of options of what to explore in the city from unusual museums to legendary flea markets and everything in between.


Jonathan Bousfield on Diocletian's Legacy in Split

Diocletian’s Palace is the main attraction in Split, the heart and soul of the city. Because of the palace, Split’s city center can be described as a living museum and it draws in the thousands of tourists that visit the city annually. But how much do we really know about the palace’s namesake who built it, the last ruler of a receding empire? Jonathan Bousfield contends that history only gives us a partial answer.


The Poetry of Zagreb

Cities have served as sources of inspiration, frustration, and discovery for millennia. The subject of sonnets, stories, plays, the power centers of entire cultures, hotbeds of innovation, and the cause of wars, cities are mainstays of the present and the future with millions more people flocking to them every year.

Let the poet, Zagreb native Tomica Bajsić, take you on a lyrical tour of the city. Walk the streets conjured by his graceful words and take in the gentle beauty of the Zagreb of his childhood memories and present day observation.


Vlaho Bukovac Exhibition Opens at the Art Pavilion

Vlaho Bukovac (1855 - 1922) was one of Croatia’s most famous and prolific painters. He came from humble beginnings, but his raw talent was recognized by a mentor and with some financial help, he went to study painting in Paris. This exhibition features a collection of Bukovac’s paintings alongside paintings by his influential Art Professor at the Ecole de Beaux-Arts, the French painter, Alexandre Cabanel. The exhibition is now open at The Art Pavilion and runs through January 6th, 2019.


Jonathon Bousfield's Take on the Croatian Cultural Landscape in 2018

What could possibly tie together island musicals, political thrillers, 60s Yugoslavian culture, contemporary Croatian authors, graphic novels set amongst a backdrop of urban decay, Le Cobustier inspired architecture and a classic 20th century author’s firsthand account of 1920s Russia? Proving that he really does have his finger on the pulse of Croatian’s cultural scene, Jonathon Bousfield expounds on all of this and more in his 2018 Croatian Cultural Guide, check it out in the link below.


Jonathon Bousfield Reviews the English Translation of Krleža's Journey to Russia

Krleža, a giant of 20th century European literature, is woefully undertranslated into English. Read Jonathon Bousfield’s compelling review of the master Krleza’s part travelogue, part prose account of the time he spent in Russia as a young man in the mid-1920s, Journey to Russia, which is accessible to English readers for the first time.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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'...


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...


Croatian Sites on UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

A little know fact is that Croatia, together with Spain, have the most cultural and historical heritage under the protection of UNESCO, and Croatia has the highest number of UNESCO intangible goods of any European country.


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.


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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