Borislav Arapović

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Borislav Arapović (born Bišina Nevesinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 April 1935)[1] 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.[2]

Studies[edit]

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[edit]

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.[3]

Poetry[edit]

His collection of poems Prolomom (2005) was awarded the Bosnia-Herzegovina Croatian Writers' Association's "Antun Branko Šimić Prize" in 2006.

Publications[edit]

Non-Fiction[edit]

  • 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)[edit]

  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ biography in Swedish Borislav Arapović , Invandrade "Han föddes 1935 i Bisini, Hercegovina, och är av kroatiskt ursprung"
  2. ^ croatia-org
  3. ^ ibt.org.ru (English)