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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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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