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Dina Hrecak, an ambitious and promising young novelist, was born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1984. She graduated from Faculty of Philology in Belgrade University, department for Japanese language and literature, so she also works as a translator for Serbian publishing companies. Since early age she was interested in different languages and world cultures, and she is fluent in English and Serbian.
Aspiring author’s first book “An Hour Behind”, an elaborate family saga with a dash of mystery and supernatural, was nominated and entered short selection for NIN Award, the most prestigious Serbian literary award. This is not surprising, since Dina started showing her creative talent very early by writing poems and short stories in genre of magical realism.
As it is well-known that a mixture of genes from various nationalities often results in gifted and interesting personalities, Dina’s talent is not unfounded, because her ancestors come from all over Europe. The 20th century wars and migrations brought Dina’s grandparents together from Serbia, Ukraine, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia. Her ancestry alone can be an invitation for picking up her books, because each of them contains bits and pieces of her turbulent family history that she discovered through stories told by family members since she was a child.
Inspiration for her works Dina finds in all those mystical and spiritual details whose nuances color and change human destinies. At first glance her common and simple events and characters, once written by her masterful pen, become mystical and tantalizing, never letting her readers catch their breath.
Besides writing, Dina’s life is filled with beautiful, colorful events. She travels a lot, discovering far lands, cultures, people, destinies, smells and tastes, which inspires and broadens her writer’s horizons. Dina is also humanitarian and animal rights activist, she houses and nurses wounded wild birds and other animals and works closely with Serbian League for Ornithological Action. She paints on silk and dabs in photography.
Currently, Dina is writing her second novel, expected in 2016.