Dževad Karahasan

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Dževad Karahasan
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Born (1953-01-25) 25 January 1953 (age 61)
Duvno, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
Occupation Novelist
Language Bosnian, German
Ethnicity Bosniak
Citizenship Germany
Alma mater University of Sarajevo
University of Zagreb
Period Postmodernism
Genre Novels
Notable awards Prix européen de l'essai Charles Veillon (1994)
Herder Prize (1994)
Bruno Kreisky Prize for Political Books (1995)
Leipzig Book Prize for European Relations (2004)
Vilenica Prize (2010)
Goethe Medal (2012)

Dževad Karahasan (born 25 January 1953) is a Bosnian writer and philosopher. Karahasan was awarded with Herder Prize and Goethe Medal for his writings.

Early life[edit]

Karahasan was born in Duvno in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He described his father as "religious communist" and mother as a devoted Muslim. He himself often spent time with Franciscan monks in the local monastery.[1]

Education[edit]

He studied literature and theatre at the university of Sarajevo. He received his Ph.D. from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Zagreb.[2]

Life[edit]

In 1993 Karahasan fled the war in Sarajevo, a city that plays a central role in his work. From 1986 to 1993, Karahaan was a lecturer in drama and drama theory and the dean of the Academy for Performing Arts at the University of Sarajevo, since 1993 he has been a guest lecturer at various European universities, including Salzburg, Berlin and Göttingen.

Works[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Since 1993 Karahasan works as a dramatist for ARBOS – Company for Music and Theatre. His plays have been performed in Austria (Vienna, Krems, Hallein, Eisenstadt, Salzburg, Villach, Klagenfurt), Germany (Gera, Erfurt, Berlin, Leipzig), Bosnia-Herzegovina (Sarajevo), Ukraine (Odessa), Czech Republic (Prague, Hradec Králové, Brno), Kosovo (Pristina), Poland (Szczecin), Singapore (Singapore Arts Festival) and USA (Washington DC).

Literature and essays[edit]

In addition to his dramas and novel Karahasan published numerous essays in various European newspapers.

Awards[edit]

He has been honored for his work with the Prix européen de l'essai Charles Veillon (Charles Veillon European Essay Prize) and the Herder Prize in 1994. The "Bruno Kreisky Prize for Political Books" he got in 1995.[3] At the Leipzig Book Fair in 2004 he was awarded with the Leipzig Book Prize for European Relations. 2010 he got the Vilenica Prize of the Slovene Writers Association.[4]

Publications[edit]

Novels and Essays[edit]

Theatre[edit]

  • "The Wheel of St. Catherine," National Theatre Sarajevo 1990
  • "Al-Mukaffa|Abdullah Ibn al-Muqaffa" Theatre Akzent Vienna by ARBOS - Company for Music and Theatre 1994[5]
  • "The Song of Fools of Europe" Literary installation of a libretto, together with Herbert Gantschacher, Künstlerhaus Salzburg by ARBOS - Company for Music and Theatre 1994
  • "Povuceni Andjeo" Danube Festival in Krems by ARBOS - Company for Music and Theatre 1995
  • "The Concert of Birds" Künstlerhaus Salzburg by ARBOS - Company for Music and Theatre 1997 ISBN 3-85266-037-8
  • "The Atlas of Feelings" Frankfurt/Oder 1999
  • "Woyzeck" adopted from the fragment of Georg Büchner, National Theatre Sarajevo 1999
  • "Babylon or The Trip of The Beautiful Jutte" European Cultural Centre Erfurt by ARBOS - Company for Music and Theatre 1999
  • "The Strangers" ARBOS - Company for Music and Theatre Vienna 2001
  • "UROBOS: Project Time" together with Herbert Gantschacher, Singapore Arts Festival by ARBOS - Company for Music and Theater 2001
  • "Snow and death" (adopted by Herbert Gantschacher) ARBOS - Company for Music and Theatre 2002
  • "On the edge of the desert" neuebuehnevillach by ARBOS - Company for Music and Theatre 2003
  • "An old Oriental Fable" ARBOS - Company for Music and Theatre 2004
  • "The Death of Empedocles" adopted from the fragment of Friedrich Hölderlin together with Herbert Gantschacher, ARBOS - Company for Music and Theatre 2005
  • "The One and The Other" ARBOS - Company for Music and Theatre 2005
  • "Banquet" neuebuehnevillach by ARBOS - Company for Music and Theatre 2005 ISSN: 1012-4705
  • "The Maps of The Shadows" ARBOS - Companpy for Music and Theatre 2009
  • "Principle Gabriel" ARBOS - Company for Music and Theatre 2014[6]

Radiodrama[edit]

  • "AL-Mukaffa" ORF Vienna 1994
  • "The Delighted Angel" ORF Vienna 1995

Audio CDs[edit]

  • "Al-Mukaffa" ARBOS 1996
  • "The Singing of The Fools of Europe" ORF ARBOS 1998
  • "UROBOS : Project Time" Singapore Arts Festival 2001
  • "Banquet" Tonstudio Weikert ARBOS 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bach, Aya; Rose, Jasmina (28 August 2012). "Goetheova medalja za bosanskog graditelja mostova". Deutsche Welle (in Croatian). Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Writing Europe: what is European about the literatures of Europe? : essays ... By Ursula Keller, Ilma Rakuša p. 184 [1]
  3. ^ http://www.renner-institut.at/kreisky/kreisky.htm
  4. ^ http://www.vilenica.si/press/Almanac_vilenica_2010-web.pdf
  5. ^ http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6594211520061942081# Interview with Karahasan
  6. ^ http://www.kleinezeitung.at/nachrichten/kultur/3607324/theater-zum-fuehlen-begreifen.story