Renato Baretić

journalist and writer, making a living exclusively by writing since 1983;

works periodically as a film and TV scriptwriter (film “Što je muškarac bez brkova”, TV series “Novo doba”), copywriter, author of questions for most popular TV quiz shows (“Kviskoteka”, Croatian version of “Who wants to be a millionaire?”, etc);

working as a journalist, experienced the entire path of development, from the beginner in the section for news around the town, to reporter, TV-critic and political columnist, in most Croatian major newspapers Večernji list, Nedjeljna Dalmacija, Slobodna Dalmacija, Feral Tribune, Globus, Nacional, etc.); since 2012, without full-time engagement

co-founder and, since 2007, art director of the popular story-telling festival “Pričigin” in Split;

member of the Croatian Journalists’ Association (“Hrvatsko novinarsko društvo”), Croatian PEN Centre and Croatian Writers Society (“Hrvatsko društvo pisaca”), and of cultural associations “Pričigin”, “Kurs” and “Bookvica”; used to be a member of the Croatian branch of Mensa (IQ 153), but was excluded due to regular non-payment of the membership subscription; used to be active as a leader of the movement for cultural revival of Croatian islands “Otoče, volim te” until its self-abolishment after the death of Zoran Franičević;

married to Maja, father of two minor children, Katarina and Jakov;

studied first political sciences and afterwards comparative literature and phonetics at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, where he applied for a graduation thesis from the field of stylistics (entitled “Autopoiesis of Ivan Slamnig”), but never wrote it; got enrolled to the Faculty of Political Sciences, Journalism Studies, but abandoned it soon after the payment of the fee and recognition of several examinations;

used to work as a warehouse assistant, assistant repairman of household appliances, assistant tile-layer, sales agent, street stall seller and worker in a factory of textile machines;

attended one-month literary residency programmes in Belgium (Volezelle, 2007), Austria (Graz, 2009) and Turkey (Istanbul, 2012);

active knowledge of English; rather good knowledge of German; passive knowledge of Italian, French, Slovenian and Macedonian;

hobbies: amateur playing and collecting of percussion instruments, amateur sailing, amateur photography;

born in 1963 in Zagreb, permanently resident in Split since 1996.




“Hotel Grand”, novel, published by Algoritam, Zagreb, 2008 (finalist of the literary prize competitions of the Book Fair in Pula, Jutarnji list and T-Portal for the corresponding year); translated and published in Ukraine, Slovenia, Macedonia and Albania, and published in the original in Serbia;

“Pričaj mi o njoj”(Talk to Me about Her), novel, published by AGM Zagreb, 2006 (semi-finalist of the literary prize competition of Jutarnji list for the corresponding year); translated and published in Ukraine, looking for a publisher in Italy;

“Kome ćemo slati razglednice” (To Whom Shall We Send Our Postcards), collected poems, published by AGM Zagreb, 2005

“Kadrovi kadra” (Frames of a Frame), selection of newspaper columns on politics on TV and on TV in general, AGM Zagreb, 2005

“Osmi povjerenik” (The Eighth Commissioner), novel, AGM Zagreb, 2003 (the novel won five major national prizes for fiction for the year 2003, and was adapted for theatre by the Croatian National Theatre in Split in 2006); so far, sold in more than 17,000 copies in Croatia only; translated and published in Ukraine, Macedonia, Slovenia and Germany; published in original in Serbia; film rights fully owned by the “Olimp produkcija” company;

“Riječi iz džepova” (Words from Pockets), collected poems, published by „Biblioteka Feral Tribune“, Split, 1998;

participated with works of fiction and essays in a dozen collections of papers and literary works in Croatian and other languages;

individual poems, short stories and fiction fragments translated and published also in English, Slovenian, German, Macedonian, Polish, Italian and Ukrainian;

solo exhibition of photography “Brodske linije” (Boat Lines) put on in galleries in Split (2008), Zagreb (2009) and Graz, Austria (2009).


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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.

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The Little Black Egg: a punk excursion to Croatia

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An interview with Zdenko Franjić

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First Croatian newspaper for asylum-seekers, refugees launched

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