Alida Bremer was born in Split 1959 and has lived in Germany since 1986. She studied Comparative Literature, Romance Studies, Slavic Studies and German Studies in Belgrade, Rome, Münster and Saarbrücken. She is an author, translator, editor and cultural mediator between Southeast Europe and the German-speaking world. For her literary translations from Croatian into German Alida Bremer was awarded with German prizes including the Internationaler Literaturpreis 2018.
Her essays, columns, stories and poems appear in newspapers, magazines and internet portals (including Der Spiegel, Lettre International, Schreibhe!, Zeit Online) and have been translated into various languages. Her historical-autobiographical novel Oliva’s Garden (Eicborn Verlag, 2013, paperback Ullstein Verlag 2017) was translated into Croatian and Macedonian. Split, aka Dreams und Backdrops is her second novel and, even before publication, it was nominated for the Alfred Döblin Prize (a prestigious award founded by Günter Grass for unpublished manuscripts). She lives with her family in Münster and spends time in Split whenever she can. From there she can see the sea.