28 February 1920|
Glamoč, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
15 July 1990 (aged 70)|
Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
Annual Award of Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina |
Lump of Sun (1958)
Black Snows (1962)
Zaim Topčić (28 February 1920 – 15 July 1990) was a Bosnian writer, renowned for his novels. He is one of the few writers who have twice won the Annual Award of Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, for novels Lump of Sun and Black Snows (his son Zlatko Topčić is also a double winner of this prestigious award).
Early life and family
Topčić was born in Glamoč on 28 February 1920 and lived most of his life in Sarajevo with his wife Naila. His wife was a member of the famous Selimić family (her grandfather was municipal councilor, landowner, benefactor and philanthropist Zaim-beg Selimić, who was the owner of the Kravica (waterfall)).
Zaim Topčić actively participated in the World War II in Yugoslavia from the beginning of 1941. After the liberation he was editor of the Sarajevo radio station. He was the Secretary General of the then "Udruženje književnika Bosne i Hercegovine" (now the "Društvo pisaca Bosne i Hercegovine", whose founder and Secretary General, from 1993 to 2001, was his son Zlatko).
He is the author of important historical novel Country of Heretics. Professor Enes Duraković has included novel in the edition of 100 books of Bosniak literature. He published a collections of stories Above the Abyss and Towards the Day, novels Lump of Sun, Black Snows, Sea Between Poplars, Country of Heretics, Obtained World, Hunt for People Jasenovac and Valter, Matoš, drama Shadows of Autumn and travelogues Panorama of Our Time.
He lived in Sarajevo with his wife Naila, son Zlatko and daughter Vesna. As a communist, he was trapped in the Jasenovac concentration camp in 1943. One street on Ilidža is called "Street of Zaim Topčić". He was a great friend of Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andrić.
Collections of stories
- Above the Abyss, 1952
- Towards the Day, 1955
- Lump of Sun (Grumen sunca, 1958)
- Black Snows (Crni snjegovi, 1962)
- Sea Between Poplars (More među jablanima, 1966)
- Country of Heretics (Zemlja heretika, 1972)
- Obtained World (Dobijeni svijet, 1979)
- Hunt for People Jasenovac (Ljudolovka Jasenovac, 1985)
- Valter, Matoš
- Shadows of Autumn
- Panorama of Our Time, 1958
- Annual Award of Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina for novel Lump of Sun, 1958
- Annual Award of Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina for novel Black Snows, 1962
- 27th July Award
- List of Bosnian and Herzegovinian people
- List of Bosniak writers
- List of Sarajevans
- List of Bosniaks
- "SLOŽNA UREDNIČKA BRATIJA". idoconline.info. October 13, 1989. Retrieved July 31, 2015.