Guest 2010.


Pjesme u nastajanju


Sarajevo, 2000

Hit depo, Pod pritiskom, Transsarajevo, Apokalipsa iz Recycle bina


Zagreb, 2007

Street epistles / Ulične poslanice

Gedichte, zweisprachige Ausgabe

Treći trg

Belgrad, 2009

Unter Druck, Die Schwarze Henne, Ansichtskarten vom Mars


Taduki portfolio

[Ü: Hana Stojić]

Faruk Šehić [ Bosnia ]

Faruk Šehić was born in 1970 in Bihac. He grew up in Bosanska Krupa, which was still part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Until the outbreak of war in 1992, Šehić studied Veterinary Medicine in Zagreb. However, the then 22-year-old voluntarily joined the army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in which he led a unit of 130 men as a lieutenant. After the war he studied literature and since 1998 has published his own literary works. The literary critics regard him as one of the most gifted young writers in the former Yugoslavia, as a shining light of the so-called »knocked-over generation«.

As in Šehićs début, the poetry collection »Pjesme u nastajanju« (2000; tr: Acquired Poems), most of his other works include the subjective experience of the war as a focus. The prose in his short stories is sober. Without judgement he depicts the everyday experience of war, the brutal events, but also weaves in the natural observations of the soldiers. Every detail is valued, be it the death of a comrade, or the sight of birds on a power line. The unsettling effect of the stories unfolds exactly through this ironic juxtaposition. Šehić knowingly uses authenticity as a rhetorical device: »My readers should hate the war.« His anti-war stories do not make the claim that they reflect the experiences of an entire generation – though possibly that constitutes the cult factor of his work. Šehićs oeuvre is not restricted to examination of the war.

In addition to poetry and prose Šehić writes essays and reviews literature and performing arts. He publishes in the magazine »Žurnal« ( and and »Beton« ( in the Belgrade media. His works have been translated into English, French, German, Hungarian, Slovenian, Macedonian and Polish. The collection of short stories »Pod pritiskom« (2004; tr: Under Pressure) was awarded the Zoro Verlag Prize. He is a member of the writer's association and the P.E.N. Center of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Faruk Šehić lives as a freelance writer and journalist in Sarajevo.