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  

PUBLICATIONS:

BOOKS

Novels:                       

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.

Essays:

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.

Poetry:

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.

 SCHOLARLY BOOKS

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.

 

 LINKS:

http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poet/item/19294/17/Nikola-Petkovic




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

news

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.

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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.

review

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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

Authors' pages

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