Renato Baretić

Über den Autor:
Journalist und Schriftsteller, lebt seit 1983 ausschließlich vom Schreiben
arbeitet zeitweilig als Co-Autor für Film und Fernsehen (für den Film "Was ist ein Mann ohne Schnurrbart" und die Serie "Neue Zeit"), Werbetexter und Fragenautor für TV-Quizsendungen (Kviskoteka, Wer wird Millionär)

hat als Journalist eine kontinuierliche Entwicklung durchgemacht, vom Anfänger im Lokalteil diverser Tageszeitungen bis zum Reporter, TV-Kritiker und politischen Kolumnisten in fast allen bekannten kroatischen Zeitungen (Večernji list, Nedjeljna Dalmacija, Slobodna Dalmacija, Feral Tribune, Globus, Nacional...); seit 2012 ohne journalistische Festanstellung

Mitbegründer und seit 2007 Programmdirektor des Festivals für Geschichtenerzähler "Pričigin" in Split
Mitglied des kroatischen Journalisten-Verbandes, des kroatischen PEN-Zentrums und der kroatischen Schriftstellervereinigung, sowie der Vereinigungen Pričigin, Kurs und Bookvica; war auch Mitglied der kroatischen Sektion von Mensa (mit einem IQ von 153) wurde aber wegen wiederholten Nichtzahlens des Mitgliedsbeitrags ausgeschlossen; war aktives Mitglied der engeren Führung der Bewegung "Insel, ich liebe Dich" bis zu deren Selbstauflösung nach dem Tod Zoran Franičevićs
Ehemann von Maja, mit der er zwei minderjährige Kinder hat, Katarina und Jakov
studierte Politikwissenschaft, danach Komparatistik und Phonetik an der Philosophischen Fakultät Zagreb, wo er auch seine Diplomarbeit aus dem Bereich der Stilistik ("Die Autopoiesis bei Ivan Slamnig") angemeldet, diese allerdings nie geschrieben hat; war auch für Journalistik eingeschrieben, brach dieses Studium jedoch nach dem Entrichten des Semesterbeitrags und dem Ablegen einiger Prüfungen wieder ab
arbeitet als Hilfsarbeiter im Lager, als Hilfs-Servicekraft für Haushaltsgeräte, Hilfs-Fliesenleger, Vertreter, Standverkäufer und in einer Firma für Textilmaschinen
hielt sich auf einmonatigen Stipendien in Belgien (Volezelle, 2007), Österreich (Graz, 2009) und der Türkei (Istanbul, 2012) auf
spricht fließend Englisch, kann sich auf Deutsch verständigen und hat Grundkenntnisse in Italienisch, Französisch, Slowenisch und Mazedonisch
Hobbys: Spielen und Sammeln von Schlaginstrumenten, Segeln, Fotografie
geboren 1963 in Zagreb, seit 1996 ständiger Wohnsitz in Split


Zagreb in June

The beckoning of the shimmering blue Adriatic Sea is strong in the summertime and Zagreb's residents tend to steadily file out to the coast to join the sun worshippers. That being said, the biggest city in Croatia still has a great summertime program with various festivals, outdoor concerts and the like on offer. Check out what's going in Zagreb this June in the link below.


Review of Daša Drndić's Belladonna

One of Croatia's brightest literary stars who sadly passed away last year left a trove of brilliant writing as her legacy. Read a review of Daša Drndić's novel, Belladonna (2012), in the link below.


Zagreb's Street Art

So you're visiting Zagreb and are curious about it's underground art scene? Check out this guide to Zagreb's street art and explore all the best graffiti artists' work for yourself on your next walk through the city.


An Interview with Olja Savičević Ivančević

Step into the award-winning author Olja Savičević Ivančević’s world as she peels away the many layers of her hometown Split and all of Dalmatia in the interview below.


Zagreb's Amazing Daughters

International Women’s Day offers the opportunity to reflect on amazing women that have made a lasting impression on the world. But recognizing the important ways women shape and impact our world shouldn’t be limited to one day out of the year. Check out some of Zagreb’s most memorable women in the link below.


Untranslatable Croatian Phrases

What’s the best way for an open-minded foreigner to get straight to the heart of another culture and get a feel for what makes people tick? Don’t just sample the local food and drink and see the major sights, perk up your ears and listen. There’s nothing that gives away the local flavor of a culture more than the common phrases people use, especially ones that have no direct translation.

Check out a quirky list of untranslatable Croatian phrases from Croatian cultural guide extraordinaire, Andrea Pisac, in the link below:


Jonathon Bousfield on the Museum of Broken Relationships

Just got out of a serious relationship and don't know what to do with all those keepsakes and mementos of your former loved one? The very popular and probably most unique museum in Zagreb, the Museum of Broken Relationships, dedicated to preserving keepsakes alongside the diverse stories of relationships gone wrong, will gladly take them. Find out how the museum got started and take an in-depth look at some of its quirkiest pieces in the link below.


The Lasting Impact of the 1980s on Zagreb

Find out how the 1980s, which saw the pinnacle of the domestic music scene, uncertain and rapidly changing political circumstances, and a more open and critical media, shaped the soul of modern-day Zagreb.


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.


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.


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.


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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