Abdulah Sidran

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Abdulah Sidran (born 2 October 1944, in Sarajevo, SR Bosnia, SFR Yugoslavia), often referred to by his nickname Avdo, is a Bosnian writer and poet[1] who is renowned for his screenplays and dramas.[2]


His major works include Šahbaza, Bone and meat, The Sarajevo tomb (Sarajevski tabut),[3] Why is Venice sinking (Zašto tone Venecija),[4] several books of poetry, and screenplays for award-winning movies from the Former Yugoslavia, such as the Oscar-nominated When Father Was Away on Business and Do You Remember Dolly Bell?, directed by Emir Kusturica;[5] and Kuduz and The Perfect Circle, directed by Ademir Kenović.[6] His opus is characterized by a soft and soothing sensibility, where tragedy, meditativity and a specific and humorous irony change sides and play tricks on each other more often than not.

After spending most of his life in Sarajevo, Sidran recently moved to a small village near Tešanj where he currently lives. Before he moved to Tešanj, Sidran lived in Goražde.[7]


  1. ^ Teeuwen, Mariken (2002). Harmony and the music of the spheres: the ars musica in ninth-century commentaries on Martianus Capella. Brill. p. 28. ISBN 978-90-04-12525-4. 
  2. ^ Gocić, Goran (2001). Notes from the underground: the cinema of Emir Kusturica. Wallflower Press. p. 8. ISBN 978-1-903364-14-7. 
  3. ^ Segel, Harold B. (2008). The Columbia literary history of Eastern Europe since 1945. Columbia University Press. p. 268. ISBN 978-0-231-13306-7. 
  4. ^ Agee, Chris (1998). Scar on the stone: contemporary poetry from Bosnia. Bloodaxe Books. p. 17. ISBN 978-1-85224-415-6. 
  5. ^ Goulding, Daniel J. (1989). Post new wave cinema in the Soviet Union and eastern Europe. Indiana University Press. p. 277. ISBN 978-0-253-34559-2. 
  6. ^ Chansel, Dominique (2001). Europe on-screen: cinema and the teaching of history. Council of Europe. p. 69. ISBN 978-92-871-4531-4. 
  7. ^ Video on YouTube

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