Damir Karakaš

Damir Karakaš was born on November 21, 1967 in Lika, the mountainous region of Croatia known for its harsh winters, wolves and the famous inventor Nikola Tesla. Damir has written five novels, three collections of shorts stories, a travelogue and two plays. Some of his books have a cult status among the readers. His books have been translated into German, Czech, Macedonian, Slovenian (translation into Italian forthcoming), and his work has appeared in some of the most prominent literary magazines (McSweeney’s Quarterly in the US and Neue Rundschau, in Germany). He studied agriculture and law in Zagreb, and then for five years lived in Paris where he studied French at The New Sorbonne University and made a living by playing accordion on the streets. Kino Lika (Lika Movie Theatre), his short story collection, was turned into a film that won numerous awards at renowned film festivals. On multiple occasions, he represented Croatia at the Leipzig Book Fair, where in 2017 he held a book-launch for his last novel, Sjećanje šume (Remembering Forest), the book about unusual coming of age, which the critics place side by side with the work by some of the best writers from former Yugoslavia (Ivo Andrić, Danilo Kiš, etc.). He lives in Zagreb.