Zeljko Ivankovic

Smashwords Interview

Did you always have a premonition that one day you would be a writer?
I didn’t exactly have a premonition, but I wanted it so much, I dreamed about it. While other kids identified with characters from the books we had all read, I remember identifying with the authors. In my story I Will Be a Writer I recorded my first “experience” of this kind, when in the classroom I declared or “admitted” that I would be a writer, on which occasion I was ridiculed. It was actually worse than publicly saying that I was in love with a girl in the class. Yes, I have always read a lot and it seems to me I have always wanted to be a writer. Since my early days when I didn't even know exactly what the profession of a writer entails.
You have a successful literary career as a writer in the Croatian language: poet, essayist, novelist... You also translate from German. Could you give us an idea of what you are working on now and what your plans are.
This year I turned 60, and I don't even dare write how many of my books have been published. I get frightened by the number: about 50 books: poetry, prose, essays, novels, short stories, diaries, translations, and many of them were published in several editions. In the coming years six of my books of selected works will be published, and at a steady pace: one book a year. And those books are fairly big, fairly thick. So I can say that in terms of books published I have quite a large and varied output.
This year a book of my poetry is coming out in Zagreb, as well as a collection of newspaper columns which will be published there, and then Documents of the Bosnian Franciscans from the 19th Century, which I have been preparing for many years. All these things have been ready for a long time. And now I am writing a new novel and I am working on a collection of short stories... While my selected works are in the process of being published. New selections will contain travel diaries, a novel, poetry...
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The Man Who Went into the Fog
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 18,860. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2013 by Style Writes Now. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Zeljko Ivankovic has written many noted stories and legends about people and places in Bosnia and Herzegovina. These ten unforgettable stories make up the collection 'The Man Who Went into the Fog'.
First Wartime Christmas
Price: $1.20 USD. Words: 1,490. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2012 by Style Writes Now. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
In a country where two Christmases are celebrated, a child received a beautiful, thoughtful present, the best ever. A story set in Sarajevo by Zeljko Ivankovic.
The Town of Ljubusa
Price: $1.20 USD. Words: 3,410. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2012 by Style Writes Now. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General, Fiction » Anthologies » General
Every Bird Flies to Its Flock
Price: $1.20 USD. Words: 1,910. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2011 by Style Writes Now. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
He gazed at the woman who, some time ago, had had half of the city sighing longingly at the sight of her... A love story in Sarajevo during the war.
The Quivering Poplar
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 2,380. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2011 by Style Writes Now. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Transgressional
If you think of the poplar tree as one of the gentlest of nature's creations, inspiring noble and poetic thoughts, you might think again after reading this story by Zeljko Ivankovic

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