Josip Mlakić

BIO - BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Josip Mlakić was born in Bugojno in 1964, he got a degree in mechanical engineering in Sarajevo and today lives in Gornji Vakuf – Uskoplje (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

 

His debut novel When Fogs Stop (»Kad magle stanu«), 2000 put him in the top of Croatian war prose authors. In 2002 he won the V.B.Z. Literary Prize for the Best Unpublished Novel for his manuscript The Living and the Dead (Živi i mrtvi). The same novel was later awarded a literary prize Ksaver Šandor Gjalski. A film, directed by Kristijan Milić, was made after the script of the novel, and was the absolute winner of the Pula Film Festival in 2007. The film was awarded with as many as 8 Arenas including the one for the best film.

 

Mlakić is an author of a few film scripts, too.

 

Published works:

 

Puževa kućica / The Snails Little House / Hrvatska uzdanica; G. Vakuf - Uskoplje, 1997., (short storyes)

Kad magle stanu / When the Fogs Lift / Faust Vrančić; Zagreb; 2000.; (novel)

The Faust Vrančić prize 2000

 

Odraz u vodi / Reflection in the Water / Školska naklada; Mostar; 2002.; (short storyes)

Obiteljska slika / A Family Photograph / Mlinarec & Plavić; Zagreb; 2002.; ((novel)

Živi i mrtvi / The Living and the Dead / VBZ; Zagreb; 2002.; (novel)

The Gjalski prize 2003.

The VBZ prize 2002.

The Zrinski prize 2003.

 

Čuvari Mostova / Guardians of Bridges / Herceg tisak; Š. Brijeg; 2004.; (novel)

Oči androida / Android’s Eyes / Herceg tisak; Š. Brijeg; 2004.; (poetry)

Ponoćno sivo / Midnight gray /VBZ; Zagreb; 2004.; ((short storyes)

Psi i klaunovi / Dogs and Clowns / VBZ; Zagreb; 2004.; (novel)

Tragom zmijske košuljice / Following the Trace of a Snake's / VBZ; Zagreb; 2007. (novel)

The Ivan Goran Kovačić prize 2007.

The Kočićevo pero prize 2007.

 

Ljudi koji su sadili drveće / The man who planted trees / VBZ; Zagreb; 2010.; (novel)

Mrtve ribe plivaju na leđima / Dead Fish Float on Their Backs / VBZ; Zagreb; 2011.; (novel)

Planet Friedman / Planet Friedman / Fraktura; Zaprešić; 2012.; (novel)

 

 

In translation:

Wenn sich die Nebel lichten; Kitab-Verlag; Klagenfurt; 2006.; (German translation of the novel When the Fogs Lift)

Živi in mrtvi; VBZ; Ljubljana; 2007. (Slovenian translation of the novel The Living and the Dead)

 




Josip Mlakić: A Summer Journey

At dusk, we entered a small town called S. that had been taken that day. I, colonel Petrovic, the commander of the second battalion, his driv¬er and a person from Belgrade called Markica were in a carelessly paint¬ed greyish-olive jeep with its previous white, UN colour showing through. Everyone in the brigade called Markica Aids. He was a thin and pale young man who was with Arkan when the war started. He was dressed up as if going to a parade, and over his back he had a long dag¬ger just like some post-apocalyptic samurai, even though it made the ride unbearable for him.

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