Dževad Karahasan

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Dževad Karahasan
Dževad Karahasan.jpg
Born (1953-01-25) 25 January 1953 (age 68)
Duvno, PR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
OccupationNovelist
LanguageBosnian, German
CitizenshipBosnia and Herzegovina / Austria
Alma materUniversity of Sarajevo
University of Zagreb
PeriodPostmodernism
GenreNovels

Dževad Karahasan (born 25 January 1953) is a Bosnian writer, essayist and philosopher.[1][2] Karahasan was awarded with Herder Prize and Goethe Medal for his writings.

In 2020 the city of Frankfurt awarded him the Goethe Prize.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Karahasan was born in Duvno into a Bosniak family. He described his father as a "religious communist" and mother as a devoted Muslim. He himself often spent time with Franciscan friars in the local monastery.[5]

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.[6]

Life[edit]

In 1993 Karahasan fled the war in Sarajevo, a city that plays a central role in his work. From 1986 to 1993, Karahasan 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.

Prizes[edit]

Karahasan has been awarded many prizes, including:

Publications[edit]

Novels and essays[edit]

  • "The Eastern Divan", 1993 ISBN 3-85129-084-4
  • "Sarajevo, Exodus of a City," 1993 ISBN 1-56836-057-6
  • "About the exile in the open society" 1994
  • "King's legends," 1996 ISBN 3-910161-73-1
  • "Citizen Handke, Serbs people" in "The anxiety of the poet from reality," 1996 ISBN 3-88243-412-0
  • "Should 'Faust' be saved?" in "Freedom.Equality.Fraternity." Bregenzer Festspiele 1996
  • "The Rink of Shahrijar" 1997 ISBN 3-87134-239-4
  • "Forms of life" (about theatre together with Herbert Gantschacher) 1999 ISBN 3-85266-041-6
  • "The questions to the calendar" 1999 ISBN 3-85266-118-8
  • "Sara and Serafina" 2000 ISBN 3-87134-409-5
  • "The book of Gardens" 2002
  • "Poetics at the Border" (together with Markus Jaroschka) 2003 ISBN 3-85489-084-2
  • "The Night Council" 2006 ISBN 3-458-17291-2
  • "Reports from The Dark World" 2007 ISBN 978-3-458-17337-3
  • "The Shadows of The Cities" 2010 ISBN 978-3-458-17451-6
  • "The Solace of the Night Sky" 2015

Theatre[edit]

  • "The Wheel of St. Catherine," National Theatre Sarajevo 1990
  • Abdullah Ibn al-Muqaffa" Theatre Akzent Vienna by ARBOS – Company for Music and Theatre 1994[10]
  • "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[11]

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. ^ "Dzevad Karahasan erhält Goethe-Preis – Mannheimer Morgen". www.morgenweb.de (in German). 26 August 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  2. ^ V, F. "U Šangaju objavljen kineski prijevod remek-djela Dževada Karahasana". Radio Sarajevo. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  3. ^ a b Wenzel, Tobias (27 August 2020). "Goethepreis für Dževad Karahasan – "Wenn ich unter Freunden sein will, muss ich zum Friedhof"". Deutschlandfunk Kultur (in German). Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Dževad Karahasan: "Vereinfachungen kann ich mir nicht leisten"". Deutsche Welle (in German). 12 May 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  5. ^ Bach, Aya; Rose, Jasmina (28 August 2012). "Goetheova medalja za bosanskog graditelja mostova". Deutsche Welle (in Croatian). Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  6. ^ Keller, Ursula; Raku?a, Ilma (1 January 2004). Europa Schreibt. Was Ist Das Europ"ische an Den Literaturen Europas?. Central European University Press. p. 184. ISBN 9789639241909 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 July 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ List, Jutarnji (8 May 2020). "Jutarnji list – NAJPRESTIŽNIJE NJEMAČKO KNJIŽEVNO PRIZNANJE Dževad Karahasan dobitnik je ovogodišnje Goetheove nagrade, njeni su laureati bili i Freud, Hesse, Mann..." Jutarnji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)