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Želimir Periš

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Tea Tulić

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Janko Polić Kamov

The Knight of the Black Swearword - the young man whose verses shocked his contemporaries.

Janko Polić Kamov (17 November 1886 – 8 August 1910) was a Croatian writer and poet.

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Drago Glamuzina

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Srećko Horvat

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Edo Popović

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Nikola Šop

Born 1904 – Died 1982

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Miroslav Krleža

7 July 1893 – 29 December 1981

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Vjekoslav Kaleb

September 27, 1905 – April 13, 1996

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Antun Branko Šimić

18 November 1898 – 2 May 1925

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Petar Šegedin

July 8, 1909 – September 1, 1998

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Vesna Parun

(10 April 1922 – 25 October 2010)

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Ivan Slamnig

(1930-2001)

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Vladan Desnica

(Zadar, September 17th 1905 – Zagreb, March 4th 1967)

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Dorta Jagić

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Josip Mlakić

BIO - BIBLIOGRAPHY

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Renato Baretić

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Neven Ušumović

Neven Usumovic won critical acclaim for his collections of short stories. His story "Vereš" is published in the collection "Best European Fiction 2010" (Dalkey Archive Press).

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Nikola Petković

His scholarly and literary works as well as book reviews Petkovic publishes in numerous national and international periodicals. He is a weekly columnist in the newspapers Novi list where he writes on poetry. Nikola Petkovic is the president of the Croatian Writers Society

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Ivica Đikić

Đikić's novel Cirkus Columbia (Edition Feral Tribune, Split, 2003) won the "Meša Selimović Award" for the best fictional book in Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. The book focuses on individual and social breakdowns of the recent war, and takes place in a Bosnian province. Academy Award winner, Danis Tanović, directed the movie Cirkus Columbia (2010) with Đikić as a co-screenwriter. The novel Cirkus Columbia has been translated into Italian and Spanish. His latest novel is I Dreamt of Elephants (2011).

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Matko Meštrović

Matko Meštrovic was a leading figure in the international New Tendencies (in Croatian: Nove tendencije) art-movement in the 1960s. His publications cover inter-disciplinary critical theory, art criticism, and new information technologies.
His books Dispersion of Meaning - The Fading Out of the Doctrinaire World? (2008) and Towards a New Orientation (2012) are published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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Branko Čegec

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Krešimir Bagić

Krešimir Bagić has published several collections of poetry, as the sole author and in collaboration with others. In 2003, he published Le palmier se balance (Paris, Editions Caractères), a selection of his poetry translated into French by M. Andrašijević. He has also published a series of essays and studies on Croatian literature.

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Gordan Nuhanović

His short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals, and his short story collections in Croatian include ‘The Survival League’ (2000), and ‘Battle for Every Last Man’ (2003). He is author of two novels - ‘Last Days of Punk’ (2006) and "Probably Forever" (2009).
His collection of short stories Survival League has been published in USA, Ooligan Press of Portland State University (2005).

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Jurica Pavičić

His novel Plaster Sheep (Ovce od gipsa) has been translated into German and published by Nummer 8. The book was proclaimed the third best book of the year in the German speaking countries in the category of crime stories and thrillers by the Swiss magazine Facts. The same novel was made into a film under the title Witnesses (Svjedoci), directed by Vinko Brešan and included into the programme of the Berlin film festival, where it received the Ecumenical Award.

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Marko Pogačar

Marko Pogačar (1984) has been publishing poetry, prose, essays and literary criticism. He is an editor of Quorum, a literary magazine, and Zarez, a bi-weekly for cultural and social issues. Awarded with various prizes, he took part in literary festivals and manifestations worldwide.

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Vlado Bulić

In 2006, Bulić published the novel A Journey into the Heart of the Croatian Dream (Putovanje u srce hrvatskog sna) which won the prestigious Jutarnji list Prize for the best book of fiction. A Journey to the Heart of the Croatian Dream, a collection of stories that can be read as a serial novel, is actually a coming-of-age novel which follows Bulić's early years in wartime and post-war Croatia. This is a journey from “the shovel to the Internet” that could easily be read as the “journey” of the society as a whole.

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Marinko Koščec

His novel "Netko drugi" (Someone Else) was awarded with «Meša Selimović» prize 2002 (the best novel published in 2001 in Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro). The novel "Wonderland" was awarded with the prize «VBZ» for the best novel manuscript in 2003. English translation of the novel "To malo pijeska na dlanu" (A Handful of Sand, 2005) is to be published by “Istros books”, London, in Spring 2013.

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Igor Štiks

He has published two novels - A Castle in Romagna (Dvorac u Romagni) in 2000 and Elijah's Chair (Elijahova stolica) in 2006. Elijah’s Chair (2006) received both the Award “Gjalski” and the “Kiklop” and it has been translated into a dozen European languages.

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Zoran Ferić

Zoran Ferić (1961) is one of the most widely read contemporary Croatian writers. His work has received numerous prizes, including the Ksaver Šandor Gjalski Prize in 2000 and the Jutarnji List Award for the best work of prose fiction in 2001 and then again in 2011. His books have been translated into English, German, Slovenian, Polish, and Hungarian.

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Slavenka Drakulić

Slavenka Drakulić's books and essays have been translated into many languages. She has published five novels in the U.S.: Holograms Of Fear; Marble Skin; The Taste Of A Man; S. – A Novel About the Balkans (made into a feature film: As If I Am Not There ); and Frida’s Bed.

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Ivana Bodrožić

Ivana Bodrožić was born in Vukovar in 1982. In 2005, she published her first collection of poetry entitled Prvi korak u tamu (The First Step into Darkness) as part of the Goran Award for Young Poets. Her poems have been included in numerous Croatian and international magazines and anthologies of
contemporary poetry.
Her first novel Hotel Zagorje (Hotel Tito) was published in 2010, receiving high praise from both critics and the public and was a Croatian bestseller. Hotel Zagorje is a coming-of-age story that takes place during seven years of displacement and the endless waiting for news about a father listed as “missing”.
The novel has been published by numerous reputable publishing houses and it received the prestigious Prix Ulysee award for the best debut novel in France, as well as numerous important awards in Croatia and the Balkan region such as the Kočićevo Pero Award, Josip and Ivan Kozarac Award, and Kiklop Award for the best work of fiction in 2010.
Bodrožić has since published her second collection of poetry, Prijelaz za divlje životinje (A Road for Wild Animals) and a short story collection 100% pamuk (100% Cotton), which received a regional award.
Her works have been translated into German, French, Czech, Danish, Slovenian, Spanish and Macedonian.

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Robert Perišić

"Robert Perisic is a light bright with intelligence and twinkling with irony, flashing us the news that postwar Croatia not only endures but matters." - Jonathan Franzen
"How deeply satisfying it is to hear Perisic’s wry voice take a different angle, and tell a different story."—ZYZZYVA

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Nenad Popović

1991 Co-founder of the publishing house Durieux. Durieux publishes books and, since 2003, the review Phantom of Freedom (Fantom slobode).
Books: In 2008, at Pelago, Zagreb, an essay about immigrant workers A world in the Shadow (Svijet u sjeni) and in Germany an anthology of new Croatian Prose, Kein Gott in Susedgrad (Schoeffling Verlag).

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Daša Drndić

The award-winning, critically acclaimed Croatian novelist, Daša Drndić (10 August 1946 - 5 June 2018) passed away in Rijeka at the age of 71. She boldly took on difficult subject matter in her novels from fascism to cancer. Her novel Sonnenschein (2007) won multiple awards in Croatia and the English translation (Trieste) was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2013, as was her novel Belladonna for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Award in 2018.
Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Philology from the University of Belgrade, a Master’s Degree in Theater and Communications from Case Western University and a PhD from the University of Rijeka, her career was long and varied. She was a novelist, a playwright, an editor, a literary critic, a translator, she worked for twenty years as a writer, producer and editor for Radio Belgrade and wrote more than thirty radio plays and fifteen features. She taught Modern British Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Rijeka. Her writing has been published in numerous literary magazines and her books (thirteen in total) have been translated into multiple languages.

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Damir Karakaš

In 1999, he published a travelogue entitled ‘Bosnians Are Good Folks’, followed by his first novel ‘Kombetars’ (2000) and collection of short stories ‘Kino Lika’ (2001) (The Lika Cinema). Kino Lika enjoys a cult status in the Croatian literary scene. His novel ‘A Perfect Place for Misery’ was published in 2009. His latest novel is Proslava (2019) (Celebration).

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Olja Savičević Ivančević

Olja Savičević Ivančević undoubtedly belongs to a group of the best Croatian contemporary authors of a younger generation. Her narrative style, vocabulary, plot structuring, construction of figures and types, basically all aspects of her literary expertise have been praised by acclaimed critics in Croatia, Serbia, Germany and elsewhere.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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