Damir Karakaš (Plašćica, 1967) was born in a village in Lika, the mountainous region of Croatia. After attending university in Zagreb, he worked for Croatian daily newspaper Večernji list, later becoming a reporter from war fronts in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo. He is the author of ten books, four of which are short story collections and six are novels. His works have been translated into French, English, German, Spanish, Czech, Slovak, Macedonian, Slovenian, and Arabic.
In 2008, Dalibor Matanić directed a movie adaptation of his short story collection Kino Lika, winning numerous awards in Croatia and abroad. Damir Karakaš puts up performances, conceptual art exhibitions and writes theatre plays. His play We Almost Never Lock Up was directed by Paolo Magelli as a part of a play Zagreb Pentagram, the most awarded theater play in Croatia in 2009. His plays have been performed at the theatres in Croatia, Serbia, Germany, Chile, and Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
In 2017, Karakaš was awarded with Fric Award for his novel Remembering Forest, in 2020 he won the tportal award for best novel for his 2019 title Celebration, and in 2022 he recieved the Meša Selimović Award for the novel Turnaround Point. Remembering Forest was also awarded the Italian literary prize Premio ITAS del Libro di montagna in 2021.