Dražen Katunarić


Date of Birth 25.12.1954.

Education 1969-1971 Grammar School, Zagreb - Baccalauréat

University of Human Sciences, Strasbourg; 1977. B. A. in Philosophy

1978. M. A.

Work History 1981 Editor in a Publishing House "Mladost"

1991-1993 Editor of the Literary Journal "Lettre internationale" - Croatian Edition. Since 1993 Editor in Chief of the Literary Journal "The Bridge" and "The European Messenger".

Publications to date Since 1980 he has published poems, essays, travelogues,

prose, articles, plays in croatian and foreign reviews.

- Translated into french, english, italian, hungarian, bulgarian, slovenian, rumanian, macedonian, albanian, german.


Published books "Bacchus in marble"(poems), Zagreb 1983, "Sand Trap" (poems), Zagreb 1985, "Imposture", (poems), Zagreb 1987, "At Sea" (poems), Zagreb 1988, "Psalms"(poems), Zagreb 1990, "The Abrupt Voice"(poems), Zagreb 1991, "The House of Decadence" (essays), Zagreb 1992, "Sky/Earth"(poems), Zagreb 1993, "Church, Street, Zoo"(prose) Zagreb 1994.,"The Return of the Barbarogenius" (Essays), Zagreb 1995, "The Poem of Stjepan" (poems), Zagreb 1996, "Diocletian's Palace" (Essays), Zagreb-Split 1997; "The Story of the Cave", Zagreb 1998 (essays-prose), "Glue for Nightingale", Zagreb 1998 (poems); 1999. "The Read Heart" (Selected poems), Zagreb 1999., "Parabola" (poems) Zagreb 2001; "Fatal Image" (novel), Zagreb 2002, «Tiger's Balzam (stories), Zagreb, 2005, «Lyre/Delirium» (poems), Zagreb 2006; «The beggar woman», Zagreb, Graz, 2009 (novel);  «Infernet and others texts» (essay) , Zagreb, 2010, «Chronos», (poems) 2011.

Published books abroad 

«Ecclesia invisibilis», (Selected poems), Academia Orient.Occident, Bucurest, 2001;

«Isolomania», (Selected poems), Albiana, Ajaccio, France, 2004

«Cherries» (Selected poems), Blue Aster Press, N.Y., 2004

«Kthimi i barbrogjenive», Ditet e Naimit, Tetove 2007

«Ciel/Terre», L'Arbre à paroles», Amay, 2008

«Le baume du tigre», Mode Est-Ouest, Bruxelles, 2009

« Die Bettlerin », Leykam, Graz, 2009

“La mendiante”, Mode Est-Ouest, Bruxelles, 2012.


1984. "Branko Radičević" Award for the best poetry book in Yugoslavia

1994. "Tin Ujević" - Croatian Writers Association Award for the best poetry book in 1993.

1999. Award of Matrix Croatica for Literature for the best collection of poetry in 1998.

1999. "European Circle Award" for Literature; 1999.

- The title "Knight of Arts and Literature" by french Ministry of Culture,

2002. Macedonian Price "Menada" , "for the specific value of poetry".

2004. International literary price Naji Naaman (Lebanon)

2009. Austrian Steiermaerkische Sparkasse price for the novel „The beggar woman” (Die Bettlerin)




Dražen Katunarić: Poems

Dražen Katunarić studied Philosophy at Strasbourg University. He composed prose, poetry, and essays. His works have been translated into English, French, German, Spanish, Slovenian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Corsican, and Italian. He has received several awards, including the literary award "Naji Naaman" (Lebanon 2004) and the literary award of Steiermärkische Sparkasse (2009). He was named a Knight of Literature (Chevalier de la littérature et de l'art) by the French Ministry of Culture.


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, eurolitnetwork.com


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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