Poet, novelist, and short story writer Faruk Šehić reflects on his Sarajevo.
Faruk Šehić was born in 1970 in Bihać, in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Before the outbreak of war in 1992, he studied veterinary medicine in Zagreb, but then joined the army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in which he led a unit of 130 men. After the war he studied literature and began to write. Literary critics have hailed Šehić as the leader of the “mangled generation” of writers born in 1970s Yugoslavia, and his books have achieved cult status with readers across the whole region. His collection of short stories Under Pressure (Pod pritiskom, 2004) was awarded the Zoro Verlag Prize. His debut novel Quiet Flows the Una (Knjiga o Uni, 2011) received the Meša Selimović Prize for the best novel published in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Croatia in 2011 and the EU Prize for Literature in 2013. His most recent book is a collection of poetry entitled My Rivers (Moje rijeke, Buybook, 2014). Šehić lives in Sarajevo and works as a columnist and journalist.