Zoran Ferić

Zoran Ferić (1961) is one of the most widely read contemporary Croatian writers. His work has received numerous prizes, including the Ksaver Šandor Gjalski Prize in 2000 and the Jutarnji List Award for the best work of prose fiction in 2001 and then again in 2011. His books have been translated into English, German, Slovenian, Polish, and Hungarian.

 Zoran Ferić was born in 1961 in Zagreb. He is among the most widely read of contemporary Croatian writers. His work has received numerous prizes, including the Ksaver Šandor Gjalski Prize in 2000 and the Jutarnji List Award for the best work of prose fiction in 2001 and then again in 2011.

Ferić is the author of three collections of short stories, a collection of newspaper columns, and three novels: Mišolovka Walta Disneya, Quattro stagioni (with M. Kiš, R. Mlinarec and B. Perić), Anđeo u ofsajdu, Otpusno pismo, Smrt Djevojčice sa žigicama, Djeca Patrasa, and Kalendar Maja. His books have been translated into English (Autumn Hill Books), German (Folio Verlag), Slovenian, Polish, Italian and Hungarian. He lives in Zagreb where he teaches Croatian literature at a high school.

Books

  • 1996 – Mišolovka Walta Disneya (Walt Disney's Mousetrap), short stories
  • 1998 – Quattro stagioni (Four Seasons; in co-operation with Miroslav Kiš, Robert Mlinarec and Boris Perić), short stories
  • 2000 – Anđeo u ofsajdu (An Angel in Offside), short stories
  • 2002 – Smrt djevojčice sa žigicama (The Death of the Little Match Girl), novel
  • 2003 – Otpusno pismo (Letter of discharge)
  • 2005 – Djeca Patrasa (The Children of Patras), novel
  • 2007 – Simetrija čuda (The Symmetry of The Miracle), prose selection
  • 2011 – Kalendar Maja (Maya Calendar), novel

 




Zoran Ferić: Excerpt from Maya Calendar

In addition to being a high school literature teacher, Zoran Ferić is also one of Croatia’s most accomplished and awarded authors. Ferić’s expansive 600 page novel, Maya Calendar (2011), has been described as his most mature work to date as well as “an exceptional novel which in every sense far transcends what is today considered to be the standard for Croatian prose.” (Pogačnik, Jagna. Jutarnji List, 30.12.2011).
In the amusing selected passage from the novel below, the protagonist spots a woman who he thinks he recognizes from his younger years passing by while he is drinking his morning coffee in a downtown café. Ferić turns this nostalgic scene into a Woody Allen-esque neurotic contemplation on his position in his own life in that moment and how all other characters in his life, whether major or minor, view him as a nuisance.
Excerpt from Maya Calendar by Zoran Ferić.
Translation by Tomislav Kuzmanović.

Legend

Short story by ZORAN FERIĆ, from the collection Walt Disney's Mousetrap
Translated by Susan Curtis-Kojakovic

Symmetries of a Miracle

Short story by Zoran Ferić from the collection An Angel in Offside (Anđeo u ofsajdu)
Translated by Tomislav Kuzmanović

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Jonathon Bousfield as usual takes a look at Istria with a touch more depth and sophistication than the average visitor, inviting readers to observe it through the immortal words of famous writers who have some kind of connection to the peninsula.

Read Bousfield’s literary guide to Istria in the link below.

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Check out a quirky list of untranslatable Croatian phrases from Croatian cultural guide extraordinaire, Andrea Pisac, in the link below:

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