Edo Popović/ Croatia
Granted from June until July 2017
Edo Popovic was born in 1957 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He studied at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, Croatia, where he has been living and working since 1968. In the 1980s he became a member of the group involved in the magazine "Quorum," and his first book "Ponoćni boogie" ("Midnight Boogie") was praised by Croatian literature critics as being the most charismatic book of his generation.
During the war years he published numerous reports from the war zones in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He wrote essays and accounts that were well-received by many readers in Croatia and abroad. He was a frequent guest at international literature festivals and book trade fairs, and he received several grants. During his stay at the Artists' House in Graz, Austria, in November 2000 he wrote his autobiographical diary "The Stone Dog." Urban sensitivity, distrust in authority, a liberal relationship with language, a cultivated style, conciseness, humor, and a rapid rhythm are the fundamental characteristics of his prose. His stories have been translated into German, English, Polish, and Slovenian.
Edo Popovic can be heard live at a reading on June 30, 2017 at Caveau München (Tengstrasse 25); he will give an extensive interview before that on June 19, 2017, at Radio Lora as part of the series "Focusing on the Balkans," which was organized by the literature scholar Bernd Zabel.