Vlado Bulić

In 2006, Bulić published the novel A Journey into the Heart of the Croatian Dream (Putovanje u srce hrvatskog sna) which won the prestigious Jutarnji list Prize for the best book of fiction. A Journey to the Heart of the Croatian Dream, a collection of stories that can be read as a serial novel, is actually a coming-of-age novel which follows Bulić's early years in wartime and post-war Croatia. This is a journey from “the shovel to the Internet” that could easily be read as the “journey” of the society as a whole.

 

BIOGRAPHY AND BIBLIOGRAPHY

Vlado Bulić was born in 1979 in Split, where he finished his elementary school and high school education. After graduating from high school, Bulić enrolled in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb which he dropped out of during his sophomore year, instead enrolling in the School of Philosophy at the University of Zagreb. He is studying Croatian Language and Literature and Information Science.

During his freshman year at the new university, he got more involved with his literary work.

In 2003, his manuscript won the first book contest organized by Studentski centar (The Student Center) in Zagreb. Thus, Bulić published his debut book of poetry entitled 100 komada (100 Pieces) which received an enthusiastic reception from both critics and the public. Several poems from this collection were included in the Anthology of New Croatian Poetry (Matica Hrvatska Sisak, 2004, ed. Miloš Đurđević) and 100 pieces represented Croatia at the UNESCO competition Mostovi Struge.

In 2006, Bulić published the novel Putovanje u srce hrvatskog sna (A Journey into the Heart of the Croatian Dream, AGM, 2006). In the same year, his collection of blog-columns Pušiona (Blowhole, AGM, 2006) appeared under his nom-de-plume, Denis Lalić.

Until 2006, Denis Lalić (Vlado Bulić’s blog nickname) was a columnist at the web portal Index.hr and the author of Blowhole, which was voted the best blog-column on the Croatian web. Meanwhile, Denis Lalić’s name appeared on many websites and in print media so Lalić, although a fictional character, also figures as a “real person”. With the publication of the selection of the best of Blowhole, Denis Lalić became an author.

A Journey to the Heart of the Croatian Dream, a collection of stories that can be read as an serial novel, is actually Denis Lalić’s coming-of-age story which follows his early years in wartime and post-war Croatia. This is a journey from “the shovel to the Internet” that could easily be read as the “journey” of the society as a  whole. The novel A Journey into the Heart of the Croatian Dream won the Jutarnji list Prize for the best book of fiction in Croatia in 2006.

Denis Lalić thus becomes a character from a novel, an author of a collection of columns, and a “media person” which perhaps doesn't go so far as to eradicate, but at least expands the boundaries between literary and media fiction.

 

Email: vlado.bulic@gmail.com

 




Journey to the Heart of the Croatian Dream

Vlado Bulić's novel Journey to the Heart of the Croatian Dream won the Jutarnji list Prize for the best book of fiction in Croatia in 2006.
This is a journey from “the shovel to the Internet” that could easily be read as a “journey” of the society as a whole.
Read a sample translation from the novel translated by Tomislav Kuzmanović.

Lost in Castration

Tomislav Kuzmanović

But what happens when we try our hand at translating a thing such as penis; when we attempt to erect it in a sociocultural context different from its original context? Some expressions contain the word kurac (penis), but they cannot be translated into English without the word being lost. Even when they get translated into English and the word is kept, the whole spectrum of the meanings of the phrase containing it is lost. What gets lost here is crucial for understanding the text at its full and it will be the topic of the ensuing discussion.

Vlado Bulic: Brodosplit

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