Saša Stanišić

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Saša Stanišić (Serbian Cyrillic: Саша Станишић; born 7 March 1978) is a German writer.[1] He was born in Višegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina as the son of a Bosniak mother and a Serbian father.[2] In the spring of 1992, he fled alongside his family to Germany as a refugee of the Bosnian War.[3]

Stanišić has written an acclaimed novel in German which was published in English under the title How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone. The book won multiple awards in Germany and abroad, and has been translated into several European languages.[citation needed] The English translation was done by Anthea Bell who won the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize for her work for Stanišić.[4] It was also adapted for the stage by the Stadtschauspielhaus Graz, where Stanišić was the city’s writer-in-residence in 2006/2007.[5]

In 2019 he won the German Book Prize for his novel Herkunft.[6] In his acceptance speech Stanišić expressed his disgust with the decision of the Nobel Committee to award the 2019 Literature Nobel Prize to the Austrian author Peter Handke. Stanišić critizised Handke for his support of Serbian nationalists like Slobodan Milošević.[7][8]


  1. ^ Schröder, Christoph (April 2014). "Writing against disappearance – Saša Stanišić". Goethe-Institut. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  2. ^ "НАЈБОЉИ МЛАДИ ЊЕМАЧКИ ПИСАЦ: "Тата је Србин, мама Бошњакиња, ја сам Нијемац рођен у Вишеграду"". (in Serbian). 2017-01-24. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  3. ^ Watschounek, Volker (2019-09-03). "Lehrauftrag für Saša Stanišic". (in German). Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  4. ^ "Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize". The Queen's College. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Go home: Sasa Stanisic, Suse Wächter, Tom Kühnel Go west – Eine Familie wandert aus". (in German). Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  6. ^ "Saša Stanišić erhält den Deutschen Buchpreis 2019 für "Herkunft"" [Saša Stanišić wins 2019 German Book Prize for Herkunft]. Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (in German). 14 October 2019. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Sasa Stanisic: "Handke spoil my own book price"". The Limited Times. 15 October 2019. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  8. ^ Philip Oltermann (16 October 2019). "Peter Handke hits out at criticism of Nobel win". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 October 2019.