Zoran Ferić (Zagreb, 1961) graduated in Croatian Language and Literature at the University of Zagreb, works as a professor in gymnasium and is among the most widely read contemporary Croatian writers.
His first short stories are being published in newspapers from 1984, but his first collection Walt Disney’s Mousetrap is first published relatively late, in 1996. His second short story collection An Angel in Offside, published in 2000 received prestigious Ksaver Šandor Gjalski Prize in 2000 and the Jutarnji List Award for the best work of prose fiction. For it he received the first and the last Dekada Prize founded to praise the fiction written in the past decade. His third book and the first novel The Death of the Little Match Girl is published in 2003. Two years after he publishes his second novel The Children of Patras. His novel Maya Calendar is published in 2011 and by then received several Awards – the Jutarnji List Award for the best work of prose fiction in 2011, the annual Vladimir Nazor Award and Kiklop Prize for the best novel of the year.
Alone by the Sea (novel, 2015) received Fran Galović Award, and for The Travelling Theatre (novel, 2020) he was yet again awarded the prestigious Ksaver Šandor Gjalski Prize for Best Prose. He is also the author of two collections of newspapers columns: The Letter of Discharge and Absurdity is an Infectious Disease.
His novels were translated to English, German, Polish, Ukrainian, Slovenian, Bulgarian and Italian and his short story collections were translated on English, Hungarian, Polish, Slovakian, Spanish and Italian. He works and lives in Zagreb.