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Lana Bastašić


A writer of Yugoslavian origins and Serbian culture, she was born in Croatia but emigrated to Bosnia as a young child. She studied English Philology and Literature and has a master’s degree in Cultural Studies. Her debut novel, Catch the Rabbit (in Catalan, Atrapa la llebre, Edicions del Periscopi / Navona, 2018), was awarded the 2020 European Union Prize for Literature, and was a finalist for the NIN Prize, the most prestigious literary award of Yugoslavia. She has written and published short stories, children’s books, and poetry for which she has received several awards, and she writes for literary magazines in the Balkans. The main theme of her work is exploration of old wounds and their reappearance to challenge the certainties of the present. She resided in Barcelona for some years during which she was a founder of the Bloom School where she taught writing and English literature. She also participated as an editor in the first two editions of the magazine CARN DE CAP.

Update: 18 June 2021