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Ognjen Spahić

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Ognjen Spahić (b. 1977) is a young author from Montenegro, best known for his short stories. He received a civil engineering degree from the University of Montenegro and now works as a reporter for the independent newspaper Vijesti. In 2007, Spahić was a resident writer in the University of Iowa's International Writing Program. He has been called the voice of the new generation of young writers that has emerged since the breakup of Yugoslavia.

Spahić has published two collections of short stories: Sve to (All That) in 2001 and Zimska potraga (Winter Search) in 2007. His stories have been translated into many languages, including English, German, Greek, Turkish, Bulgarian, and Albanian.

His novel Hansenova djeca (2004), about the policies and fall of the Romanian dictator Ceaușescu, was awarded the Meša Selimović Prize for the best novel from Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. It has been published in French, Italian, Slovenian, Romanian, Hungarian, and Macedonian. The English translation Hansen's Children (Istros Books) appeared in 2013.

Spahić's latest and most celebrated work is Puna glava radosti (Head Full of Joy, 2014, Nova knjiga). This book describes the merging of the worlds of inner and outer experience in contemporary society through sixteen short stories, each with a different main character. Through a wide range of themes and genres, it presents a unique outlook on universal values in life.

Ognjen Spahić was selected from the thirteen winners of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) 2014 for a residence in Brussels. He will stay in the Place du Vieux Marché aux Grains apartment from 25 May to 22 June. 

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