Ilija Đurović: Excerpt from Sampas

Ilija Đurović was born in 1990 in Podgorica, Montenegro. After finishing high school, he went on to study literature. He has been writing stories since 2005. His first book of prose, They Do It so Beautifully in Those Great Romantic Novels, came out in 2014 with Yellow Turtle Press, a small Montenegrin publishing house he runs. This was followed by Black Fish (2016) and the poetry book Brink (2018), which received an award at a festival in Belgrade. Đurović has been living in Berlin since 2013 and living as a versatile freelance author and publicist. In 2019 he was co-winner of the Montenegrin theater award for the best contemporary drama, Sleepers. His first novel, Sampas, will be published in Belgrade in 2021.

Translation by Will Firth.
This translation was done as part of the "texthelden - Berlin setzt über" project of the association Berliner Literarische Aktion, funded by the German Federal Government's Commissioner for Culture and Media, the German Translators' Fund and the "Neustart Kultur" programme.


Ivana Bodrožić: Excerpt from Klara, Full of Wonder

Ivana Bodrožić was born in 1982 in Vukovar, Croatia. She graduated with a master’s degree in Philosophy and Croatian Language and Literature from the University of Zagreb. Her debut collection of poetry, Prvi korak (2005) (The First Step), received numerous accolades and awards. Bodrožić published her first novel, Hotel Zagorje (The Hotel Tito), in 2010 and the coming-of-age story about a young refugee girl whose father goes missing in the Croatian Homeland War of the 1990s was met with great acclaim in both Croatia and on the international stage and was widely translated into multiple languages and published abroad. Her most recent project is the children’s book, Klara Čudastvara (2019) (Klara, Full of Wonder), which she collaborated on with the prize-winning illustrator, Vendi Vernić.

Take a trip back to childhood and muse on what forces shaped your perception of the world when you read this whimsical tale of a brave little girl, Klara, full of wonder, and her unbelievable summer.

Translation by Vesna Marić.


Ernesto Estrella: A Selection of Poems from his Forthcoming Collection The American Heart

Ernesto Estrella is a New York-based poet and educator. He is the author of Boca de Prosas and Achronos, and is currently finishing his first poetry collection in English, The American Heart. Ernesto has translated the works of Henry David Thoreau and John Muir into Spanish and has written a number of books and articles on Poetic Theory and Performance Studies. He is a former Yale University professor of Contemporary Poetry and has been showcased in seminars at leading institutions such as the Great Books Foundation, New York Historical Society, Bowery Poetry Club, Walden Woods Project, and the Thoreau Society. In 2021, he launched The Voice of Recovery podcast which uses poetry and storytelling as tools for wellness and mental health.

The selected poems below are from Estrella's forthcoming poetry collection, The American Heart.


Robert Perišić: No-Signal Area

American critics praise Robert Perišić’s No-Signal Area

After the international success of Our Man In Iraq by Robert Perišić, translated into a dozen languages across the globe, his novel No-Signal Area continues to spark interest of international publishers. The novel was published in the USA last month by the prominent publishing house Seven Stories Press and received glowing reviews, confirming Perišić as a contemporary author of international renown.


Bekim Sejranović: Excerpt from his novel From Nowhere To Nowhere

Bekim Sejranović (1972-2020) was born in Brčko, Bosnia and Hercegovina. He attended nautical school in Rijeka, Croatia where he also studied South Slavic Languages and Literature. He moved to Oslo, Norway in 1993 where he continued his studies, earning a master’s degree in South Slavic Languages and Literature. Sejranović is the author of a collection of short stories, Fasung (2002), and five novels: Nigdje, niotkuda (2008)(Nowhere, From Nowhere), Ljepši kraj (2010) (A Better Place), Sandale (2013) (Sandals), Tvoj sin Huckleberry Finn (2015) (Your Son Huckleberry Finn) and Dnevnik jednog nomada (2017) (The Diary of a Nomad). His novel Nigdje, niotkuda (2008) (From Nowhere To Nowhere) won the prestigious Meša Selimović award for the best novel published in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia or Montenegro in 2009. Bejranović was an official court translator and also translated Norwegian literature into Croatian. His own writing was translated into many languages including English, Norwegian, German, Italian and Polish.

The following passage is the first chapter in Sejranovic’s debut and award-winning novel, Nigdje, niotkuda (2008) (From Nowhere to Nowhere). This opening chapter deals with the protagonist’s experience of a traditional Bosnian funeral in his hometown, which raises emotions and questions encompassing religion, politics and identity.

Translation by Will Firth.


An Interview with Igor Štiks

In an interview with acclaimed Sarajevo-born author Igor Štiks, he discusses human agency in the face of consequential historical events, which is the central conflict in his new novel, W. Štiks also touches on the parallels between the events leading up to the breakup of Yugoslavia and current European nationalist politics as well as the common linguistic legacy shared by countries of the former Yugoslavia.


Miro Gavran: Excerpt from Kafka's Friend

Miro Gavran is a prolific Croatian playwright and novelist whose work is celebrated both at home and abroad. His plays and novels have been translated into 40 different languages, and his scripts have been used in over 300 plays worldwide. The eponymous festival Gavranfest, consisting of a week of exclusively Gavran’s plays, is held annually in Croatia, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Gavran was born in Gornja Trnava in 1961. He holds a degree in Theater from the Academy of Theater, Film and Television in Zagreb. In the early 1980s, he worked as a theater director for then prestigious Zagreb theater, Theater &TD. He has made his living exclusively as a writer and playwright since 1993. Gavran has penned more than forty plays as well as ten novels. He has won twenty awards in Croatia and abroad for his work, including the prestigious Central European Time Prize, which recognizes Central European authors for their entire opus. He is an associate member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and is a member of the Russian Academy of Literature. A selected list of his plays: Creon’s Antigone (1983), Night of the Gods (1986), George Washington’s Loves (1988), Chekov Says Goodbye to Tolstoy (1989), My Wife’s Husband (1991), Dr. Freud’s Patient (1993), Shakespeare and Elizabeth (1994), Death of an Actor (1995), Forget Hollywood (1997), All About Women (2000), How to Kill the President (2003), Laughing Prohibited (2004), All About Men (2005), Parallel Worlds (2007), The Henpecked (2007), Greta Garbo’s Secret (2008), The Craziest Show in the World (2009), Couples (2011), The Doll (2012), Ice Cream (2014), The Patients (2016), Your Every Birthday (2018).

In his novel, Kafka’s friend, Gavran explores and speculates what one of history’s most famous friendships of equals and opposites must have been like: that of contemplative, reserved and brooding Franz Kafka and his more open friend, also a writer, Max Brod, who as the executor of Kafka’s estate, famously published Kafka’s work against his wishes.

Read an excerpt from Gavran’s novel, Kafka’s Friend, in the link below.
Translation by Nina H. Kay-Antoljak.


Tomislav Medak on Zagreb's 5.5 Richter Earthquake in the Time of Coronavirus

Tomislav Medak (b. 1973) holds a degree in Philosophy and German Studies from the University of Zagreb. He is currently a doctoral student at Coventry University in the Centre for Postdigital Cultures. Medak is the author of two books: A Guidebook to Domination by Abstraction (2016) and Shitty Tech for a Shitty World (2015). He has co-authored several other books and edited volumes. Medak has organized and participated in multiple conferences and talks with themes ranging from political theory to the commons to cultural policy over the last twenty years. He is also very active in the experimental theatre group BADco. as an actor, playwright, and director.

In his post on the convergence of two rare disastrous events in Zagreb (last week’s strong earthquake and Coronavirus), Tomislav Medak paints a jarring picture of Zagreb residents huddling outside in the cold after being quite literally shaken awake and at the same time their world is crumbling around them trying to observe social distancing so as not to reap the wrath of the current invisible threat that is Coronavirus. He challenges readers to observe how disaster preparedness and government response to disasters reveals attitudes about the collective good and asks readers to use these events as a catalyst for rethinking society’s relationship to the market.


Marina Vujčić: Excerpt from The Anatomy Issue

Marina Vujčić, born in 1966 in Trogir, is a writer, columnist and editor. Vujčić holds a degree in Croatian Language and Literature from the University of Zagreb. She’s published Bijeg uz Brijeg (2002), Tuđi život (2010) (Someone Else’s Life), A onda je Božo krenuo ispočetka (2014) (And then Božo Started from the Beginning), Umri ženski (2014), Mogla sam to biti ja (2015) (It Could Have Been Me), Susjed (2015) (Neighbor), Otpusno pismo (2016) (Letter of Discharge), Pitanje anatomije (2017) (The Anatomy Issue). Her novel, Neighbor, won the VBZ and Tisak Media award for Best Unpublished Novel in 2015. She lives and works in Zagreb.

Vujčić’s novel begins with an unusual request: a widower places an ad in the paper looking for someone to scratch his back and his ad is cautiously answered by a woman looking to make some extra money. This is the starting point Vujčić uses to explore the boundaries of human relations in a post-modern urban society where people are increasingly alienated from one another, and many peoples’ lives and relationships are defined by a series of contractual agreements.

Read an excerpt from Vujčić’s novel, The Anatomy Issue, in the link below.
Translation by Mirna Čubranić.


Andrija Škare: The Games We Play

Andrija Škare was born in 1981 in Zagreb. He holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Zagreb. He has published four books: a non-fiction literary experiment on cafes and café culture in Zagreb, S više mlijeka molim (2008) (With More Milk, Please), two collections of short stories, Život svijeta koji će doći (2014) (The Life of the World to Come) and Društvene igre (2017) (The Games We Play) and the book Slušaj me (2016) (Listen to Me), a kind of meditation on the overlapping points of music and literature. Škare previously worked as a journalist and host for Croatian Television (HRT). His short stories have been published in various literary magazines and he is a founder of the literary movement eventualism. He lives and works in Zagreb.

In his collection of short stories, The Games We Play, Škare skillfully creates authentic characters whose dilemmas hint at the particular set of conflicts inherent in modern day Croatian society. Whether it’s the loss-of-innocence story of a young soccer talent’s difficult choice or an engineer whose matter-of-fact life is becoming messier by the minute, Škare exposes some underpinnings unique to Croatian society from the individual up against the seemingly inescapable web of far-reaching power that politicians wield to subtle class and regional tensions and prejudices, all while remaining firmly anchored in the realism of the present day.

Read an excerpt from his collection of short stories, The Games We Play, in the link below.
Translation by Tomislav Kuzmanović.


Kristijan Vujčić: Excerpt from The Love Metamorphosis of Božidar Kukec

Kristijan Vujčić was born in Zagreb in 1973. He holds a degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies from the University of Zagreb. Vujčić has published five novels: The Love Metamorphosis of Božidar Kukec (2015), Ponavljanje: zaigranost proljeća i života (2012) (Repeating), Udruženje za mravlje igre (2009) (Society for Ants’ Games), Gospodin Bezimeni (2007) (Mr. Noname), and Welcome to Croatia (2006). His work has been published in numerous literary and cultural magazines as well as newspapers. His short story won the Večernji list Short Story Award in 2017 and he won the Kipklop award in 2006 for best novel and in 2014 for best editor. Vujčić works as a freelance editor and writer.

Part philosophical exercise, part light-hearted pondering of a series of failed relationships, Vujčić’s book offers readers a unique and amusing take on the age-old quest of finding love.

Read an excerpt from Vujčić’s book, The Love Metamorphosis of Božidar Kukec, by clicking on the link below.
Translation by Damir Biličić.


Will Firth on Political Noir in Contemporary Montenegrin Novels

Several fascinating and socially critical novels by Montenegrin authors over the last decade give us a peek into Montenegro’s political underbelly, revealing its still precarious position between Eastern and Western spheres of influence.


Croatia to Soon Offer Digital Nomad Visa

Croatia is set to become the second European country (after Estonia) to offer remote foreign workers an easy path to staying in the country for an extended period of time through the newly created digital nomad visa. As remote working becomes more commonplace, driven by advancements in technology but now especially by the current pandemic, a new swath of the population is no longer tied to a geographical location to work.


Review of Ivo Andrić's Omer Pasha Latas

Ivo Andrić (1892-1975) was born in the small Bosnian town of Travnik. He earned his PhD in South Slavic Studies and Literature from the Univeristy of Graz. Andrić was a prolific novelist and writer of short stories and poetry and he received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961. His most well-known work is Na drini ćuprija (1945) (On the River Drina).

Read a review of Andrić’s last work before his death, Omer Pasha Latus (1975), translated into English by Celia Hawkesworth. The story revolves around a real-life historical figure, the infamous commander and field marshal Omer Pasha Latus, who was sent to Sarajevo in 1850 on a specific mission. Andrić’s works often dealt with historical themes, especially life in Bosnia when it was part of the Ottoman Empire.


Istria Through a Literary Lens

It’s not hard to feel the pull of the glistening Adriatic in these especially hot summer months. Istria exerts a special magnetic pull with its rolling, green Tuscanesque hills, stunning historical towns, not to mention excellent seafood and local cuisine washed down with Malvazija wine, numerous blue flag beaches with crystal clear water and of course proximity to Zagreb.

Jonathon Bousfield as usual takes a look at Istria with a touch more depth and sophistication than the average visitor, inviting readers to observe it through the immortal words of famous writers who have some kind of connection to the peninsula.

Read Bousfield’s literary guide to Istria in the link below.


Josip Mlakić: Like in That Film

Josip Mlakić was born in Bugojnu, Bosnia and Hercegovina in 1964. He completed his degree in engineering at the University of Sarajevo. Mlakić is a prolific and multiple award-winning author who has published ten novels, three collections of short stories and a collection of poetry: Puževa kučica (1997) (The Snail’s Little House), Kad Magle Stanu (2000) (When the Fog Lifts), Odraz u Vodi (2002) (The Reflection in the Water), Obiteljska Slika (2002) (A Family Photograph), Živi i Mrtvi (2002) (The Living and the Dead), Čuvari mostova (2004) (Guardians of Bridges), Oči androida (2004) (An Android’s Eyes), Ponoćno sivo (2004) (Midnight Gray), Psi i klaunovi (2004) (Dogs and Clowns), Tragom zmijske košuljice (2007) (Following the Trail of a Snake’s Skin), Ljudi koji su sadili drveće (2010) (The Man Who Planted Trees), Mrtve ribe plivaju na leđima (2011) (Dead Fish Float on their Backs), Planet Friedman (2012), Božji gnjev (2014) (God’s Rage), Svježe obojeno (2014) (Freshly Painted), Bezdan (2016) (Chasm).

His novel Živi i Mrtvi (2002) (The Living and the Dead) was turned into an award-winning film, which he wrote the screenplay for.

The feelings and impressions evoked by Mlakić’s short story, Like in That Film, will stay with you, just like the image of cranes in the sky. Read it in the link below.
Translation by Celia Hawkesworth.


Review of Dubravka Ugrešić's novel Fox in Asymptote

Dubravka Ugrešić's novel Fox won last year’s prestigious t-portal award for the best Croatian novel. Read a witty and in-depth review of her award-winning novel from Asymptote by clicking the link below.


Review of Vedrana Rudan's Love at Last Sight in World Literature Today

Read a review of the English translation of Vedrana Rudan’s heavy-hitting novel which challenges all aspects of the status quo, Love at Last Sight (2017).


Sven Popović: Loser by a Landslide

Sven Popović, born in Zagreb in 1989, holds a degree in Comparative Literature, English Language and Literature and American Studies from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Philosophy. He has published a collection of short stories Nebo u kaljuži (2015) (The Sky in a Quagmire) and a novel Uvjerljivo drugi (2018) (Loser by a Landslide). His writing has been included in many literary magazines and anthologies and has been translated into English, German, Polish and Romanian. Aside from fiction he also writes music and literary criticism for various magazines. He is a co-founder of the literary group Tko čita? (Who Reads?), which organizes literary evenings with the goal of giving younger authors the opportunity to read and promote their work.

In Popović’s autobiographical novel, a nameless protagonist takes us through a narrative bursting with the familiar themes of youth like parties, drinking, endless hanging out, painful romances but all with the underlying current of his generation’s particular cross to bear: despite being well-educated, opportunities are hard to come by in a country where brain drain is in full force.

Read an excerpt from Loser by a Landslide in the link below.
Translation by Ivana Ostojčić.


Amir Alagić: A Hundred Year Childhood

Amir Alagić was born in 1977 in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Hercegovina, but has resided in Pula, Croatia since the war broke out in the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. He has written a collection of short stories, Pod istim nebom (2010) (Under the Same Sky), and two novels Osvetinje (2017) (The Revengers) and Štogodišnje Djetinstvo (2016) (A Hundred Year Childhood). He has also written and directed a short film Poigravanja ili pokvareni bojler (2012) (Fooling Around or the Broken Boiler).

In the passage below from his novel, A Hundred Year Childhood, Alagić paints a poignant description of a child's love for an animal and the eventual loss of innocence that ensues. He invites the reader to examine more closely how powerful events and moments of realization in our formative years can shape our emotional landscapes and have long-lasting consequences for years to come.

Read an excerpt from Alagić's novel, A Hundred Year Childhood, below
Translation by Vesna Marić


An Interview with Bekim Sejranovic

Read Bekim Sejranović's thoughts on adventure, the flow of life and why Rijeka is why one of the most special places in the world to him.


Lit Link Festival Final Event in Zagreb's Močvara Saturday 9.10

This year's Lit Link Festival brings authors from German speaking countries together with Croatian authors to hold a series of readings in Labin, Rijeka and Zagreb.


The Croatian Ministry of Culture Declares 2021 "The Year of Reading"

The Croatian Ministry of Culture has declared 2021 to be "The Year of Reading". They will soon announce a slew of programs and events (both in-person and virtual) to support local authors and culture and encourage people to read more- a sliver of good news in a long, dark pandemic year which has particularly affected actors in the cultural arena.


Review of new English translation of Grigor Vitez's AntonTon

Hailed as the father of 20th century Croatian children's literature, Grigor Vitez (1911-1966) is well known and loved in his homeland. With a new English translation of one of his classic tales AntonTon (AntunTun in Croatian), children around the world can now experience the author's delightful depiction of the strong-minded and silly AntonTon. The Grigor Vitez Award is an annual prize given to the best Croatian children's book of the year.


The Best of New Eastern European Literature

Have an overabundance of free time, thanks to the pandemic and lockdowns? Yearning to travel but unable to do so safely? Discover the rhythm of life and thought in multiple Eastern European countries through exciting new literature translated into English. From war-torn Ukraine to tales from Gulag inmates to the search for identity by Eastern Europeans driven away from their home countries because of the economic or political situations but still drawn back to their cultural hearths, this list offers many new worlds to explore.


Maša Kolanović 2020 Winner of European Union Prize for Literature

Maša Kolanović wins the prestigious European Union Prize for Literature as well as the Croatian Vladimir Nazor Prize for her collection of short stories, Poštovani kukci i druge jezive priče (2019) (Dear Insects and Other Spine-Tingling Tales).


Ivan Sršen on the Earthquake in Zagreb

Ivan Sršen (b. 1979) holds a degree in History and Linguistics from the University of Zagreb. He worked in multiple publishing houses before co-founding his own publishing company, Sandorf, in 2008. He’s authored the novel Harmatten (2013), a collection of short stories Skela, bajke iz automata za kavu (2010) (Fairytales from the Coffee Machine), co-authored a nonfiction book, Povijest zagrebačkih knjižnica (2010) (The History of Zagreb’s Libraries) and edited the collection of short stories, Zagreb Noir (2015). He lives and works in Zagreb.

Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city, faced one of the biggest challenges in its 1000 year history on March 22nd, 2020. In the midst of a global pandemic, a 5.5 Richter earthquake struck the city of one million inhabitants. Ivan Sršen shares his personal experience of being at the center of dual disasters.


More Zagreb Street Art

Explore TimeOut's gallery of fascinating and at times thought-provoking art in the great open air gallery of the streets of Zagreb.


Welcome to Zagreb's Hangover Museum

Partied too hard last night? Drop by Zagreb's Hangover Museum to feel more normal. People share their craziest hangover stories and visitors can even try on beer goggles to experience how the world looks like through drunken eyes.


Jonathan Bousfield on the Future as Imagined in 1960s Socialist Yugoslavia

How will the futuristic world of 2060 look? How far will technology have advanced, and how will those advancements affect how we live our everyday lives? These are the questions the Zagreb-based magazine Globus asked in a series of articles in 1960, when conceptualizing what advancements society would make 40 years in the future, the then far-off year of 2000. The articles used fantastical predictions about the future to highlight the technological advancements already made by the then socialist Yugoslavia. Take a trip with guide, Jonathan Bousfield, back to the future as envisioned by journalists in 1960s Yugoslavia.


Bekim Sejranović Passes Away

Award-winning author and translator, Bekim Sejranović, passed away on May 21st, 2020 at the age of 48.


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.


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'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.


Zagreb Festivals and Cultural Events

Numerous festivals, shows and exhibitions are held annually in Zagreb. Search our what's on guide to arts & entertainment.

Authors' pages

Književna Republika Relations PRAVOnaPROFESIJU LitLink mk zg