Neven Ušumović was born in 1972 in Zagreb, Croatia, and grew up in Subotica, Serbia. He received a degree in Philosophy, Comparative Literature, and Hungarian Studies from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb. He won critical acclaim for two collections of short stories 7 mladih (7 Youngsters, 1997; e-book, 2010: and Makovo zrno (Poppy Seed, 2009), and a “short-winded novel” Ekskurzija (Excursion, 2001). He was translated works of Béla Hamvas, Ferenc Molnár, Péter Esterhazy and Ádám Bodor into Croatian. English translation of his short story Veres was published in USA, in anthology Best European Fiction 2010 (Dalkey Archive Press, edited by Aleksandar Hemon).