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 the 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 expresses, “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 have been translated into German, Italian, Spanish and Hungarian. For Cirkus Columbia (2003) he received the 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 Đikić as a co-screenwriter. The novel Cirkus Columbia has been translated into Italian and Spanish and it is also published in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. In 2007 Đikić published 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. In 2011 he published the novel I Dreamed of Elephants (Sanjao sam slonove) for which he received the prestigious T-portal literary award. His 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. In 2016 Đikić published his fourth novel – the documentary novel Srebrenica. A Story of Evil, which describes the events during three horror days of the genocide in Bosnia. His latest novel Apparition (2018) is a political dystopia about democracy and its weaknesses.

Đikić is the author and screenwriter of the acclaimed TV show The Paper (2016-2018), directed by Dalibor Matanić and produced by Drugi plan/HRT. The Paper reached worldwide reception by coming to Netflix, the largest global media services provider.