Igor Mandić (Šibenik, 20.11.1939. – Zagreb, 13.3.2022.), is a Croatian writer, journalist, literary critic and essayist. In 2005, Croatian Journalist Association awarded him with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Mandić graduated in Comparative Literature at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. He spent most of his professional years in the newspaper Vjesnik, first as a literary and music critic and later as editor, while contributing for other newspapers and journals such as Slobodna Dalmacija, Jutarnji List and Novi Plamen. Mandić’s literary work consists mostly of essays, socio-culturological feuilletons and literary critics.
He published his first collection of literary critique, Against the Grain in 1970. It was followed by other notable work in critics such as From Bach to Cage (1977), 101 Short Critics (1977), Novels and Critics (1996) and Literary Front (1999), for which he received Matica Hrvatska’s Award A.G.Matoš. His numerous essays and feuilletons are assembled in the collections Naked Mass (1973), Our Thing (1999), Mysterium Televisionis (1972), Arsen (1983), Literature and Media Culture (1984) and Farewell, Dear Krleža (1988).
The latest phase of his creation has a strong autobiografical note. In 2006, he wrote Under One’s Skin, in 2009 Last Minute, Paper Shield in 2015 and Deathbed Diary in 2017.