Vladislav Bajac

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Vladislav Bajac is Serbian writer, poet, journalist and publisher.


Vladislav Bajac is a Serbian author, translator, and publisher. He was born in Belgrade in 1954 and later studied philology at the University of Belgrade. His early writing is inspired by esotericism and experiences of eastern art, and his later books concentrate on historiographical metafiction and national and individual identity.[1] In 1993 he founded the publishing house Geopoetika, which publishes fiction as well as nonfiction books about history, art, rock & roll, and archeology. Geopoetika has published Serbian Prose in Translation, a collection of Serbian books translated into English.

His best-known work is his 2008 novel, Hamam Balkanija, for which he won the International Literature Prize Balkanika. Its chapters alternate between two timelines, both of which use characters based on real people. The contemporary timeline is a collection of vignettes in autobiographical first person narration told from Bajac's point of view. In the original edition it was printed in the Cyrillic script, and people such as Alberto Manguel and Allen Ginsberg appear alongside the author. The earlier timeline consists of a single story set in the sixteenth century, using omniscient third person narration, featuring the Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire and Suleiman the Magnificent. That story was originally printed in the Latin alphabet. The book's themes, and its dual structure and narrative styles, raise questions about where identity comes from and how it is shaped by religion and national history.[2]



  • Which way Leads To People, 1972
  • The Path of Haiku, 1988

Short Stories

  • Europe On the Bull’s Back, 1988
  • Dream Coasters (Geopoetical Fables), 1992
  • Gastronomadic Stories, 2012


  • The Book of Bamboo, 1989
  • The Black Box (An Utopia On Subsequent Reality), 1993
  • The Druid of Sindidun, 1998
  • Escape from Biography (A Life under Eight Names), 2001
  • Europe Express (A Novel In Short Stories), 2003
  • Hamam Balkania (A Novel and Other Stories), 2008
  • Chronicles of Doubt, 2016

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Dimitrije Mitrinovic Award (for the excellence in writing), Belgrade, Serbia, 2015.
  • Special Book Award of China, Beijing (for the Chinese culture contribution to the world), 2014.

Haiku poems

  • Haiku awards at The International Itoen Haiku Poetry Contest, Tokyo, Japan, in both 1991 and 1993.

Dream Coasters

  • Stevan Pesic Award for the best 1995 prose book in 1996 for the revised edition

The Black Box

  • Borislav Pekic Foundation Prize for the best manuscript in 1993.

The Book of Bamboo

  • Short-listed into 25 best novels of a decade in (former) Yugoslavia in 1990.
  • Nominated and short-listed in five novels of the year for The NIN Award for the Best Novel of The Year (1989) by the (former) Yugoslav critics.

The Druid of Sindidun

  • The 6th April Award (The Book Day) proclaimed by The Serbian Literary Union and Belgrade City Assembly as the best novel on (ancient) Belgrade in 1998.
  • The Golden Best-Seller Award for the Top ten best-selling books in 1999.
  • Branko Copic Foundation Award (Serbian Academy of Science and Art) for the best book in 1998.
  • Proclaimed as “The Novel of the Year” (1998) by Vecernje Novosti (Evening Daily News).
  • Nominated and short-listed for The NIN Award for the Best Novel of the year in 1998 by the Yugoslav critics
  • Nominated and short-listed for The Mesa Selimovic Award for The Best Book of The Year (1998) by 70 Yugoslav critics (second place of all books published regarding literature in general).
  • Nominated for the International Balkanika Award 1998 for the best novel in the Balkans as Yugoslav representative among all other Balkan countries.

Escape from Biography

  • Award for one of ten best-selling books in 2001

Europe Express

  • International Award for Collected Prose Work, Macedonia, 2003

Hamam Balkania

  • International Balkanika Award for the best book on the Balkans in 2007/2008, International jury
  • Isidora Sekulić Award for the best book in Serbia in 2008
  • Hit Liber Award for one of ten Best-selling books in 2008
  • Kocicevo pero Award, BiH, 2010
  • Short listed for the NIN Award in 2008/2009
  • Nominated for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2011
  • Shortlisted for Athens Literature Award 2012, Greece
  • Petar Kocic Award for the excellence in writing, Banjaluka, BiH, 2010
  • Ramonda Serbica Award for Lifetime achievement in literature and for contribution to literature and culture, Nis, Serbia, 2012
  • Prozart Award for affirmation of Balkan literature, PRO-ZA Balkan Festival, Skopje, Macedonia, 2013

Books available in English[edit]

Hamam Balkania

  • Belgrade, Geopoetika, 2009
  • Blooming Twig Books, New York & Tulsa, 2014
  • Istros Books, London, 2014


  1. ^ Velika opšta ilustrovana enciklopedija LAROUSSE,2010
  2. ^ [1] Blooming Twig on Hamam Balkania

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