Bosnia and Herzegovina

Faruk Šehić (born 1970) is a Bosnian poet, novelist and short story writer. He was born in Bihać and grew up in Bosanska Krupa. He studied veterinary medicine in Zagreb until the outbreak of the Bosnian war in which he was an active combatant. After the war, he turned to literature. His first book was a collection of poems Pjesme u nastajanju (Acquired Poems, 2000). His short story collection Pod pritiskom (Under Pressure, 2004) won the Zoro Verlag Prize. His debut novel Knjiga o Uni (The Book of Una, 2011) won the Meša Selimović prize for the best novel published in the former Yugoslavia and the EU Prize for Literature.
Šehić lives in Sarajevo where he works as a columnist and journalist. His books have been translated into English, German, Bulgarian and Macedonian.