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Dinko Telećan

1974, Croatia

Dinko Telećan was born in 1974 in Zagreb, Croatia. In 1999 graduated in philosophy and English language and literature from the University of Zagreb. During the last decade and a half he has been writing poetry, prose and essays as well as translating from English and Spanish as a free-lance author.
He has published so far four books of poems (Clashes, 1997, Gardens & Red Phase, 2003, Beyond, 2005, and Needlestack, 2011), a metaphysical study titled Freedom and Time (2003), a travel book under the title Lotus, Dust and Poppy (2008) written in India and Pakistan, a book of essays called The Desert (2009) and a novel titled Deserter (2013). Selection from his works were translated into German, English, Hungarian, Spanish, Catalan and Galician language.
Translated over 50 books (novels, poetry, scientific books, books of essays and lectures, including authors as various as J. G. Frazer, J. L. Borges, Kahlil Gibran, Richard Flanagan, Ernesto Sabato, Slavoj Žižek, H. D. Thoreau, Terry Eagleton, Stephen Greenblatt, Julio Cortázar and Roberto Bolaño), and also edited a number of them.
His poems in English were published in anthologies Poets' Paradise, The Fancy Realm and Poetic Bliss (Guntur, India, 2010–12).
Participated as a screenwriter in the production of the animated film The Tide by Alen Zanjko (2011).

Translates for radio and television programmes as well. Works as an editor in literary publishing and on the Third Programme of the Croatian Radio.
Participated in literary festivals in Užice (Serbia, 2009), Jaipur (India, 2010), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canarian Islands, Spain, 2010) Wardha (India, 2011), Zagreb (Verse in the Region, poetry festival, 2012), Bijelo polje (Montenegro, 2012) and Guntur (India, 2012).
Won various awards for his translations and essays, among them the annual award of the Croatian Literary Translators' Association for the translation of J. G. Frazer's Golden Bough in 2002, and the Award for the best non-fictional translation at the Sarajevo Literary Fair in 2006 for the translation of Slavoj Žižek's The Ticklish Subject. From 2004 to 2010 member of the Board of Croatian Literary Translators' Association; a member of Croatian Writers' Society since 2009; member of Croatian PEN Centre since 2013.

Bibliography – original works (books only)

Kreševa (Clashes), Igitur, Zagreb, 1997 (poems)
Vrtovi & Crvena mijena (Gardens & The Red Phase), AGM, Zagreb, 2003 (poems)
(electronic edition on www.elektronickeknjige.com/ telecan_dinko/vrtovi_i_crvena_mijena, DPKM, Zagreb, 2006)
Sloboda i vrijeme (Freedom and Time), Naklada Jesenski i Turk, Zagreb, 2003 (a tractate)
Iza (Beyond), AGM, Zagreb, 2005 (poems)
Lotos, prah i mak (Lotus, Dust and Puppy), Naklada Jesenski i Turk, 2008 (travel book)
Pustinja i drugi ne-vremeni ogledi (The Desert and other un-timely essays), Sysprint, Zagreb, 2009 (essays)
Cada oliva és un estel fos, bilingual Catalan – Croatian edition, with Marko Pogačar, Barcelona, 2010 (poems)
Plast igala (Needlestack), Croatian Writers' Society, Zagreb, 2011 (poems)
Dezerter (Deserter), Algoritam, Zagreb, 2013 (novel)


A selection of the most important published translations (with titles in English):

Jorge Luis Borges, This Craft of Verse, Jesenski i Turk, Zagreb 2001
Isabel Allende, A Portrait in Sepia, Vuković & Runjić, Zagreb 2002
James G. Frazer, The Golden Bough, Sion / Jesenski i Turk, Zagreb 2002 
Kahlil Gibran, Thoughts and Meditations, CID Nova, Zagreb 2003
Robert McGrath, Martha Peake, Fidas, Zagreb 2003
José Carlos Somoza, The Cave of Ideas, Vuković & Runjić, Zagreb 2003
Richard Flanagan, Gould's Book of Fish, Mirakul, Zagreb 2004
Haruki Murakami, Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, V & R, Zagreb 2005 
Ernesto Sabato, The Tunnel, Sysprint, Zagreb 2005
Slavoj Žižek, The Ticklish Subject, Naklada Šahinpašić, Sarajevo 2006
Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods, DAF, Zagreb 2006
Terry Eagleton, Holy Terror, Jesenski i Turk, Zagreb 2006
Ernesto Sabato, The Angel of Darkness, Sysprint, Zagreb 2006
Ernesto Sabato, On Heroes and Tombs, Sysprint, Zagreb 2007
William Morris, News from Nowhere, DAF, Zagreb 2008
Julio Cortázar, Hopscotch, Pelago, Zagreb 2009
Gerald Martin, Gabriel García Márquez: Life, Sandorf, Zagreb 2009
Julio Cortázar, The Pursuer and Other Stories, Sysprint, Zagreb 2009
Terry Eagleton, Mind, Faith and Revolution, Naklada Ljevak, Zagreb 2010
Stephen Greenblatt, Will in the World, Fraktura, Zaprešić 2010
Roberto Bolaño, 2666 (with T. Tarbuk and S. Delić), V & R, Zagreb 2012
Robert Graves, Homer's Daughter, Sandorf, Zagreb 2012
Martin Lings, The Eleventh Hour, Vuković & Runjić, Zagreb 2013

author's texts

Literary association IA

Authors

Agnieszka Będkowska-Kopczyk
Agnieszka Żuchowska-Arendt
Alenka Jovanovski
Alenka Koderman
Alja Adam
Amir Talić
Andraž Polič
Andrea Brady
Andrej Hočevar
Anja Sredić
Anupama Amaran
Barbara Korun
Barbara Pogačnik
Barbara Siegel Carlson
Bojan Brecelj
Catherine Phil MacCarthy
Ciaran O'Driscoll
Cristina Viti
Darija Žilić
David Brooks
Dejan Koban
Dinko Telećan
Dražen Katunarić
Emilio Coco
Esa Hirvonen
Fiona Sampson
Francisco Larios
Gašper Malej
Gašper Torkar
Glorjana Veber
Goran Janković
Goran Č. Potočnik
Goro Takano
Gregor Podlogar
Hana Kovač
Henning H. Bergsvåg
Hiroshi Hasebe
Christophe Lamiot Enos
Ineke Holzhaus
Irena Šťastná
Isabella Panfido
Ivan Landžev
Iztok Osojnik
Jacek Lenkiewicz
Jan Kuhlbrodt
Ján Gavura
Jana Šnytová
Jani Kovačič
Johanna Venho
John Davies
John O'Donoghue
Jonáš Hájek
Jouni Inkala
Kelly Lenox
Knute Skinner
Kristina Hočevar
Ksenija Premur
Ksenija Jus - Xenia
Lenka Krajnc
Maciej Melecki
Maja Novak
Marcin Warmuz
Maria Jastrzebska
Marianna Kurtto
Marjan Strojan
Mark Whelan
Marta Podgórnik
Martina Komárková
Martina Hefter
Matej Krajnc
Michał Kopczyk
Michele Obit
Milan Jesih
Miroslava Gavurová
Muanis Sinanović
Paddy Bushe
Pamela Uschuk
Paul Polansky
Pauliina Haasjoki
Petra Kolmančič
Primož Čučnik
Radharani Pernarčič
Roberto Nassi
Robin Parmar
Simona Popescu
Slavo Šerc
Srečko Kosovel
Stephen Watts
Špela Drnovšek Zorko
Špela Sevšek Šramel
Tahir Mujičić
Taja Kramberger
Takako Arai
Tatjana Jamnik
Tina Kozin
Tone Škrjanec
Urška P. Černe
Vilja-Tuulia Huotarinen
Ville Hytönen
Vlado Kreslin
Willem van Toorn
William Pitt Root
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