Faruk Šehić

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Faruk Šehić (born 1970) is a Bosnian poet, novelist and short story writer. He was born in Bihać and grew up in Bosanska Krupa. He studied veterinary medicine in Zagreb until the outbreak of the Bosnian war in which he was an active combatant. After the war, he turned to literature. His first book was a collection of poems Pjesme u nastajanju (Acquired Poems, 2000). His short story collection Pod pritiskom (Under Pressure) was published in 2004 and won the Zoro Verlag Prize. The English translation of Under Pressure was published in May 2019 by Istros Books.[1] His debut novel Knjiga o Uni (Quiet Flows the Una, 2011), was translated into English in 2016 by Istros Books and into Italian in 2017 by E. Mujčić (Il mio fiume) for Mimesis, and also into Romanian, Bulgarian, Spanish, Macedonian, Arabic, Dutch, Polish, Slovenian and Hungarian language. Quiet Flows the Una won the Meša Selimović prize for the best novel published in the former Yugoslavia in 2011, and the EU Prize for Literature in 2013.[2] His most recent poetry book is a collection of poetry entitled ‘My Rivers’ (Moje rijeke, Buybook, 2014) for whom he received Risto Ratković Award for the best poetry book in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia in 2014, and Annual award from Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also receive XXXI Premio Letterario Camaiore Francesco Belluomini (Premio Internazionale 2019) for selected poems "Ritorno alla natura" as a youngest laureate so far. In 2018, he published short stories collection "Clockwork Stories". Šehić lives in Sarajevo, where he works as a columnist and journalist. He is a member of the Writers’ Association and the PEN Centre of Bosnia and Herzegovina. His books have been translated into 14 languages and published in 18 countries. In 2017, Šehić has signed the Declaration on the Common Language of the Croats, Serbs, Bosniaks and Montenegrins.[3]

Published Works[edit]

  • Pjesme u Nastajanju (Acquired Poems), 2000
  • Hit depo (Hit Depot), 2003
  • Pod Pritiskom (Under Pressure), 2004
  • Transsarajevo 2006
  • Hit depo, Pod pritiskom, Transsarajevo, Apokalipsa iz Recycle bina/Dodatne scene (Hit Depot, Under Pressure, Transsarajevo, Apocalypse from Recycle Bin/Additional Scenes), 2007/2018
  • Knjiga o Uni (Quiet Flows the Una), 2011
  • Moje rijeke (My Rivers), 2014
  • Priče sa satnim mehanizmom (Clockwork Stories), 2018

Works Translated into English[edit]


  1. ^ "Under Pressure". istrosbooks.com. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  2. ^ "Faruk Šehić | European Union Prize for Literature". www.euprizeliterature.eu. Archived from the original on 2014-02-09. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  3. ^ Derk, Denis (28 March 2017). "Donosi se Deklaracija o zajedničkom jeziku Hrvata, Srba, Bošnjaka i Crnogoraca" [A Declaration on the Common Language of Croats, Serbs, Bosniaks and Montenegrins is About to Appear]. Večernji List (in Serbo-Croatian). Zagreb: Večernji list. pp. 6–7. ISSN 0350-5006. Archived from the original on 23 May 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2019.

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