Miljenko Jergović

Miljenko Jergović

Born in Sarajevo in Bosnia, a writer, poet and columnist, Jergović graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of the Sarajevo University. He published his début volume of poetry, Opservatorija Varšava (Warsaw Observatory), in 1988 to begin working as a publisher and journalist for Nedjeljna Dalmacija weekly four years later. Since 1993 Jergović has lived and worked in Croatia. Sarajevski Marlboro (1994), a collection of short stories where the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina is made the main protagonist, garnered him the recognition of critics and international acclaim. The writer owes his success to his perfect narrative skill, lyricism present even in his prose works, and courage in dealing with highly delicate matter of history and making it part of literary fiction. The writer has won several awards, notably the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize, the Premio Napoli, and the Meša Selimović Award for the best novel from the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, and Montenegro. For his Srda pjeva, u sumrak, na Duhove (Srda Sings in the Twilights at Pentecost, 2011) Jergović claimed the Angelus Central European Literary Prize, awarded to Central European writers whose work deals with the subjects most crucial for our times, evoke reflection, and broaden the knowledge of the world of other cultures. Photo by: Ulrike Rauch