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Saša Stanišić

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Stanišić in 2019

Saša Stanišić (Serbian Cyrillic: Саша Станишић; born 7 March 1978) is a Bosnian-German writer.[1][2] He was born in Višegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina as the son of a Bosniak mother and a Serbian father.[3] In the spring of 1992, he fled alongside his family to Germany as a refugee of the Bosnian War.[4] Stanišić spent the remainder of his youth in Heidelberg, where his teachers encouraged his passion for writing. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in the University of Heidelberg, graduating with degrees in Slavic studies and German as a second language.

In 2006, Stanišić released his debut novel, published in English as How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone. The book won multiple awards both in Germany and abroad and has been translated into 31 languages as of 2019.[5] The English translation by Anthea Bell was awarded the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize.[6] It was also adapted for the stage by the Stadtschauspielhaus Graz, where Stanišić was the city's writer-in-residence in 2006–2007.[7]

In 2019 he won the German Book Prize for his novel Herkunft (English title: Where You Come From).[8] In his acceptance speech Stanišić expressed his discontent with the decision of the Nobel Committee to award the 2019 Literature Nobel Prize to the Austrian author Peter Handke. Stanišić criticized Handke for his support of Slobodan Milošević, saying, "I had the fortune to escape that which Peter Handke does not describe in his texts."[9][10]


  • Stanišić, Saša (2006). Wie der Soldat das Grammofon repariert : Roman (in German). München: Luchterhand. ISBN 978-3-630-87242-1. OCLC 71255704.
  • Stanišić, Saša (2014). Vor dem Fest : Roman (in German). München: Luchterhand. ISBN 978-3-630-87243-8. OCLC 876821679.
  • Stanišić, Saša (2016). Fallensteller Erzählungen (in German). München: Luchterhand Literaturverlag GmbH. ISBN 978-3-630-87471-5. OCLC 932020515.
  • Stanišić, Saša (2019). Herkunft (in German). München. ISBN 978-3-630-87473-9. OCLC 1096452108.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)

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  1. ^ "Sasa Stanisic wins German Book Prize, criticizes Nobel winner Peter Handke | DW | 14.10.2019". www.dw.com. Deutsche Welle. 14 October 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  2. ^ Schröder, Christoph (April 2014). "Writing against disappearance – Saša Stanišić". Goethe-Institut. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  3. ^ "НАЈБОЉИ МЛАДИ ЊЕМАЧКИ ПИСАЦ: "Тата је Србин, мама Бошњакиња, ја сам Нијемац рођен у Вишеграду"". 6yka.com (in Serbian). 24 January 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  4. ^ Watschounek, Volker (3 September 2019). "Lehrauftrag für Saša Stanišic". wiesbaden-lebt.de (in German). Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Saša Stanišić: "Herkunft"". www.goethe.de (in German). Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize". The Queen's College. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Go home: Sasa Stanisic, Suse Wächter, Tom Kühnel Go west – Eine Familie wandert aus". der-theaterverlag.de (in German). Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Preisverleihung 2019". Deutscher Buchpreis (in German). Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Sasa Stanisic: "Handke spoil my own book price"". The Limited Times. 15 October 2019. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  10. ^ Philip Oltermann (16 October 2019). "Peter Handke hits out at criticism of Nobel win". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Saša Stanišić ist Alfred-Döblin-Preisträger 2013". Akademie der Künste, Berlin (in German). Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Marbacher Schillerpreis geht an Autor Sasa Stanisic". Die Zeit (in German). 6 May 2021. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  13. ^ "Saša Stanišić Wins Angelus Central European Literature Award". Poland Daily 24. 15 October 2023. Retrieved 18 November 2023.

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