Ivica Đikić

Ivica Djikić (Tomislavgrad, 1977) has funneled all his experience as a journalist into novels with its sophisticated, razor-sharp prose. He began working at the Slobodna Dalmacija newspaper when he was only sixteen, going on to work at the Feral Tribune, Novi List and now as director of the weekly magazine Novosti, in addition to authoring and co-authoring biographies on both former Croatian president Stipe Mesić, former general Ante Gotovina and the Turkish millionaire Şarik Tara.

Academy Award winner Danis Tanović directed a movie 'Cirkus Columbia' (2010) made after Djikic’s novel and with Djikić as a co-screenwriter.

Everything he writes is based on real cases and real people, but as the opening lines of his second novel I Dreamed of Elephants express, in a quote from Saramago (The Elephant’s Journey), “In truth, I say to you, it is better to be a novelist, a fiction writer, a liar.” His novels Cirkus Columbia and I Dreamed of Elephants are translated into German, Italian, Spanish and Hungarian.

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