Ivica Đikić

Born in Tomislavgrad 1977, he has funneled all his experience as a journalist into novels with its brilliant, razor-sharp prose. He began working at the Slobodna Dalmacija newspapers when he was only sixteen, going on to work at the Feral Tribune, Novi List and now as an editor in chief of the weekly magazine Novosti, in addition to authoring and co-authoring biographies on both former Croatian president Stipe Mesić, former general Ante Gotovina and the Turkish millionaire Şarik Tara. Everything he writes is based on real cases and real people, but as the opening lines of his second novel I Dreamed of Elephants express, in a quote from Saramago (The Elephant’s Journey), “In truth, I say to you, it is better to be a novelist, a fiction writer, a liar.” His novels Cirkus Columbia and I Dreamed of Elephants are translated into German, Italian, Spanish and Hungarian. For Cirkus Columbia (2003.) he received prestigious book award Meša Selimović for the best fiction book in Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. Academy Award winner Danis Tanović directed the movie Cirkus Columbia (2010) with Djikic as a co-screenwriter. The movie won numerous awards and it was shown in cinema in 30 countries around the world. The novel Cirkus Columbia is translated in Italian and Spanish and it is also published in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. In 2007. Djikic publishes his second fiction book Ništa sljezove boje (Mallow colour of Nothing) which consists of three separate stories. The main subject of these stories is again war with its direct and indirect consequences and set-backs caused by it. In 2010. he publishes with Davor Krile and Boris Pavelic book about controversial Croatian general Ante Gotovina (Gotovina – stvarnost i mit).  In 2011. he publishes the novel I dreamt the elephants (Sanjao sam slonove) for which he received the prestigious T-portal literary award. His latest novel Repetition. A love story (Ponavljanje. Ljubavna priča, 2014.) is more focused on the intimate relations and shows us that Đikić is as good in that area as in contouring the global panel.