Borislav Arapović (born Bišina Nevesinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 April 1935) is a Bosnian-Croatian born poet, linguist, literary scholar and Bible translator. He adopted Swedish nationality and writes in Swedish and Croatian. In 1999 he was elected a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences primarily for his services to minority languages.
Arapović studied at the Economic Faculty, University of Zagreb 1960-65. He came to Sweden as a refugee in 1965. He first got work at the retail chain Kooperativa Förbundet and then at IBM in Stockholm. Meanwhile he was studying for a doctorate at the School of Slavonic and Baltic Languages, Stockholm University, (Ph.D. in Slavic languages 1984).
Institute for Bible Translation, 1973
Arapović founded the Institute for Bible Translation in Stockholm in 1973 to publish Bibles for "non-Slavic peoples in Slavic countries," and provide not just Bible translations into the languages of Russia but also Central Asian languages.
His collection of poems Prolomom (2005) was awarded the Bosnia-Herzegovina Croatian Writers' Association's "Antun Branko Šimić Prize" in 2006.
- Dječja Biblija (Children's Bible) with Vera Mattelmäki, 1983
- Miroslav Krleža Den kroatiske guden Mars ("The Croatian god Mars"): tillkomsthistoria, ISBN 91-7146-340-2 Dissertation in Swedish, 1984.
- Östgötasonen : Karl Einar Johansson. ("Son of Östgötland") Swedish biography Stockholm 1988
- Till alla tungomål och folk : Institutet för bibelöversättning 20 år, 1973-1993
- ("Biblical Silk Road - Memories of IBT 1973-1998.") Swedish 1997
- Krigsdimmor : från Kroatien och Bosnien-Hercegovina 1991-1995. - Stockholm : Codices, 2002
- Between despair and lamentation Translated from Croatian by Ivana Pozajić Jerić Elmhurst College, 2002. ISBN 0-9715120-0-0
Poetry (in Croatian)
- Zvončići ("Jingle Bells") 12 booklets of verses for children, 1977.
- Iz noćnog dnevnika 1989.
- Tamnionik 1992
- Kamenopis 1993
- Hrvatski mirospis 1778. 1999.
- Povratak hrvatskih pukovnija 1779. 2000
- Prolomom ("Fractures") Mostar Biblioteka Suvremenici ISBN 9958-798-11-5