Nikola Petković

His scholarly and literary works as well as book reviews Petkovic publishes in numerous national and international periodicals. He is a weekly columnist in the newspapers Novi list where he writes on poetry. Nikola Petkovic is the president of the Croatian Writers Society

Nikola Petkovic a prose writer, poet and literary critic, essayist and translator was born in the Croatian city of Rijeka in 1962. He is the Chair of The Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Rijeka. He too teaches at the Academy of Acting, Media and Film in Rijeka under the direction of an acclaimed actor and theater director, professor Rade Serbedzija. Aside from teaching at his home institution, he teaches postgraduate courses at the University of Zagreb (Faculty of Philosophy and Faculty of Political Science). His scholarly and literary works as well as book reviews Petkovic publishes in numerous national and international periodicals. He is a weekly columnist in one of the leading Croatian newspapers Novi list where he writes on the recent national and regional poetry production. His prose and poetry appeared in numerous anthologies.

Nikola Petkovic is the president of the Croatian Writers Society  




How to Tie the Shoelaces. Novel, Zagreb: Algoritam, 2011.

Uspavanka za mrtve (A Lullaby for the Dead)) Zagreb: Profil International, May, 2007.

Priče iz Davnine (Stories From Ancient Times). Zagreb, Croatia: Quorum, 1989.


A 2 DM Brain (Mozak od 2 marke) (a collection of essays written between 1996-1998 that deals with art, literature, culture and politics within both global and national ramifications of Franjo Tudjman’s rule in Croatia), Adamic Press, Biblioteka Veljko Vicevic, Rijeka, 2001.


in English

Las Regiones Perdidas (Poem; Bibliophile edition) LaNana Creek Press: Nacogdoches, TX November 2001.

in Croatian

Odisejev Pas (Ulysses’ Dog) Zagreb: Durieux & hdp, 2007.

Dan na bijelu hljebu. (Day on a White Bread) .Meandar, Zagreb. April 2001.

Melodije Istre i Kvarnera (Melodies of Istria and the Adriatic). Rijeka, Croatia: ICR, 1989.

 Vile i Vilenjaci (Fairies). Zagreb, Croatia: QUORUM, 1984.


in Croatian

Identitet i granica: Hibridnost i jezik, kultura i građanstvo 21 stoljeća (Hybrid Identities and Border Cultures: Hybridity and Language, Culture and The Citizenship of the 21st. Century), Zagreb: Jesenski i Turk. 2010.

Hrvatsko pjesništvo početka milenija, (Croatian Poetry at the Beginning of the Millennium), Zagreb: HDP i Jesenski i Turk. 2009. 

in English and in Croatian

A Central Europe of Our Own: Postmodernism, Postcolonialism, Postcommunism and The Absence of Authenticity. (second edition) Frankfurt AM, Central European Library, Dibido Publishers, 2009.

Srednja Europa: mit, zbilja, utopija. A Central Europe of Our Own: Postmodernism, Postcolonialism, Postcommunism and The Absence of Authenticity. Adamić, Rijeka, 2003.



How to tie The Shoelaces

Three excerpts from the novel How to tie The Shoelaces by Nikola Petković, originally published in Croatia, entitled Kako svezati cipele (Zagreb: Algoritam, 2011). It is a short novel divided in three parts that deals with a father-son relationship. It relates a story of a complex, unfulfilled and rather traumatic memories of a child whose father left him when he was seven. Having autobiographical elements to it and being particular in a way it does not shy away from addressing the universal topic both known through the literary history and to the territory where it in fact takes place: a patriarchal country where such episodes are kept behind the veil of silence while culturally understood as something that comes with the territory, and, as such, is perceived experienced, understood and endured as something quite natural.
The three excerpts from the novel have a thin red line of a plot-tracing connected with the three wandering motifs as stated in each of their titles.

The Hoppers

The short story by Nikola Petkovic, published in the Canadian Literary Quarterly Exile, Barry Callaghan, editor-in-Chief


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,


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.

CM extensions

Film festivals in Croatia

The Croatian Audiovisual Centre currently co-finances 59 film festivals and other audiovisual events. These serve various functions: they are particularly important for promoting Croatian audiovisual creation and serve as a platform for screening artistic content and non-commercial film forms, which makes them relevant on a local, regional, national and, in some cases, international level.


The Little Black Egg: a punk excursion to Croatia

"It’s called Rijecki Novi Val. (Novi Val is Croatian for New Wave.) This is one of the best collections of anything I ever acquired. Punk and New Wave were huge in the Balkans. I said it once, and I’ll say it again: the ex-YU countries are responsible for the some of the best punk music made anywhere."


An interview with Zdenko Franjić

Starting out in 1987, Croatian record label Slusaj Najglasnije! (or Listen Loudest!) documented many of Croatia’s greatest bands, including Majke, Hali Gali Halid, Satan Panonski, Bambi Molestors, and many others. Over time, Listen Loudest! evolved, and today releases music from artists the world around. The mastermind behind Listen Loudest, Zdenko Franjic, has been kept his label/life mission together for over thirty years without a break.


20 Essential Films for an Introduction to Yugoslavian Cinema

Once upon a time there was a country, and that country made films. The films produced in the former Yugoslavia remain fascinating for anyone interested in the country or in films. This list is by no means definitive, for Yugoslav cinema is too rich and varied for that. It is rather, a primer for those unfamiliar with the region, the best bits from each era and each generation.


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.


Dancing under socialism: rare electronic music from Yugoslavia

In the last couple of years, various collections of electronic music from former Yugoslavia popped up, ranging from numerous downloadable CDR mixtapes to official compilation albums. Yet there are several more waiting in line to be pressed and, as you will see, these are most definitely worth waiting for.


First Croatian newspaper for asylum-seekers, refugees launched

The monthly publication was launched with the aim of establishing closer mutual trust and offering information to people who were forced to leave their homes in search of protection and security, it was said at the launch.
Most of the newspapers' authors are asylum-seekers.


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.


A History of Eastern European Matchboxes

Although they were produced under strict state-controlled production processes; that were aimed at exploiting them as a means of publicizing political initiatives, promoting public health and safety, and selling the communist ideal both at home and abroad, the artists used them as a vehicle to experiment with various imaginative ideas and artistic techniques, achieving truly stunning results.

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