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Famous Authors from Croatia

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List of the most popular authors from Croatia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Croatian authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Croatian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Authors here include everything from Zoran Kršul to Georg Ludwig Ritter von Trapp.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Croatia?" and "Who are the best Croatian authors?"

For further information on these historic Croatian authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Croatian authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
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    Josip Kosor

    Josip Kosor was a Croatian novelist and playwright. Starting as a novelist depicting peasant life in Dalmatia, Kosor "graduated into a naturalist dramatist of some power". His plays Passion's...  more
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    Otto von Habsburg

    Charles V, Return to the center

    BirthplaceReichenau an der Rax, Austria


    NationalityAustria, Hungary, Germany, Croatia

    Otto von Habsburg (20 November 1912 – 4 July 2011), also known by his traditional royal title of Archduke Otto of Austria, was the last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary from 1916 until the...  more
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    Josip Broz Tito

    Concluding speech of Josip Broz Tito, the General Secretary of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia

    BirthplaceKumrovec, Croatia


    NationalityYugoslavia, Croatia

    Josip Broz (Cyrillic: Јосип Броз, pronounced [jǒsip brôːz]; 7 May 1892 – 4 May 1980), commonly known as Tito (; Cyrillic: Тито, pronounced [tîto]), was a Yugoslav communist revolutionary and...  more

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    Filip Šovagović (born 13 September 1966) is a Croatian actor, film director, playwright and journalist. At first known simply as the son of renowned Croatian actor Fabijan Šovagović, Filip Šovagović...  more
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    Zlata Filipović

    Ich bin ein Mädchen aus Sarajevo ( Sarajewo), Zlata's diary

    BirthplaceFederation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Sarajevo Canton, Eurasia, Bosnia and Herzegovina


    NationalityBosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia

    Zlata Filipović (born 3 December 1980) is a Bosnian diarist. She kept a diary from 1991 to 1993 when she was a child living in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war. She and her family survived the war and...  more
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    Fabijan Šovagović (4 January 1932 – 1 January 2001) was a Croatian actor. Fabijan Šovagović was born in the village of Ladimirevci, in the Slavonia region of Croatia. He began acting in his youth and...  more
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    Mirko Kovač

    Vrata od utrobe

    BirthplaceNikšić, Eurasia, Montenegro


    NationalitySerbia, Montenegro, Croatia

    Mirko Kovač (26 December 1938 – 19 August 2013) was a Yugoslav novelist....  more
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    BirthplaceZadar, Croatia


    NationalityAustria, Croatia

    Baron Georg Johannes Ludwig Ritter von Trapp (4 April 1880 – 30 May 1947) was an Austro-Hungarian Navy officer and the patriarch of the Trapp Family Singers, whose lives were the inspiration for the...  more
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    Goran Tribuson

    Polagana predaja, The Sunken Cemetery

    BirthplaceBjelovar, Croatia



    Goran Tribuson (Croatian pronunciation: [ɡǒran tribǔsoːn]; born August 6, 1948 Bjelovar) is a Croatian prose and screenplay writer.Tribuson received his B.A. in literature from the Philosophical...  more
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    Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić

    Croatian Tales of Long Ago, The Brave Adventures of Lapitch

    BirthplaceOgulin, Croatia


    NationalityAustria-Hungary, Croatia

    Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić (pronounced [ǐv̞ana bř̩ːlit͡ɕ maʒǔranit͡ɕ]; 18 April 1874 – 21 September 1938) was a Croatian writer. Within her native land, as well as internationally, she has been praised as...  more
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    Herman Potočnik

    The problem of space travel, Das Problem der Befahrung des Weltraums - der Raketen-Motor

    BirthplaceEurasia, Pula, Istria County, Croatia



    Herman Potočnik (pseudonym Hermann Noordung; 22 December 1892 – 27 August 1929) was a Slovene rocket engineer and pioneer of astronautics. He is chiefly remembered for his work addressing the...  more
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    Ivica Djikic is a writer....  more
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    BirthplaceStuttgart, Germany



    Denny Vrandecic is a researcher at the Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (Institute AIFB) of the Universität Karlsruhe (TH). He received his Master for studying Computer...  more
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    Franjo Tuđman

    Nationalism in contemporary Europe, Hrvatska u monarhističkoj Jugoslaviji

    BirthplaceVeliko Trgovišće, Croatia



    Franjo Tuđman, also written as Franjo Tudjman (Croatian: [frǎːɲo tûdʑman] (listen); 14 May 1922 – 10 December 1999), was a Croatian politician and historian. Following the country's independence from...  more
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    Igor Štiks

    A castle in Romagna

    BirthplaceFederation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Sarajevo Canton, Eurasia, Bosnia and Herzegovina


    NationalityBosnia and Herzegovina, United States of America, Croatia

    Igor Štiks (born 17 September 1977) is a writer and scholar. His award-winning novels The Judgment of Richard Richter and A Castle in Romagna have been translated into more than 15 languages....  more
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    Ivo Banac

    Cijena Bosne, Hrvatsko jezično pitanje

    BirthplaceDubrovnik, Croatia


    NationalityUnited States of America, Croatia

    Ivo Banac (Croatian pronunciation: [iːʋo baːnats]; born 1 March 1947) is a Croatian-American historian, a former professor of European history at Yale University and a politician of the former...  more
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    Živorad Tomić

    Diploma za smrt

    BirthplaceZagreb, Europe, Eurasia, Yugoslavia, Croatia



    Živorad Tomić is a Croatian film director, screenwriter and critic....  more
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    Milan Trenc

    The Night at the Museum

    BirthplaceZagreb, Croatia



    Milan Trenc (born 1962) is a Croatian illustrator, film director and novelist....  more
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    Ante Tomić (born April 22, 1970) is a Croatian writer and journalist. A native of the village Glavina Donja near Imotski, Tomić graduated with a joint honours degree in philosophy and sociology from...  more
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    Ivan "Ivo" Vojnović (9 October 1857 – 30 August 1929) was a Yugoslav writer of Serbian extraction....  more
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    Ivan Aralica

    Slaves’ souls, Asmodey’s shawl

    BirthplaceEurasia, Promina, Croatia



    Ivan Aralica (born 10 September 1930) is a Croatian novelist and essayist. Born in Promina near Knin, and having finished pedagogical school and Philosophical Faculty at the University of Zadar,...  more
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    Miro Gavran

    Plays, John the Baptist



    Miro Gavran (mǐːro ɡâʋraːn) is a contemporary Croatian writer of short stories, fiction and drama. His works have been translated into 40 languages, making him the most translated Croatian writer,...  more
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    Darko Macan

    Jedi vs. Sith

    BirthplaceZagreb, Croatia



    Darko Macan (born 1966) is a Croatian writer and illustrator who has created and collaborated on comics, essays and science fiction and fantasy. He is also an editor....  more
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    BirthplaceZagreb, Yugoslavia


    NationalityYugoslavia, Croatia

    Tena Štivičić (pronounced [tɛ̝̌ːna ʃtîv̞itʃitɕ]; born 1977) is a Croatian playwright and screenwriter. She won the 2014-2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize....  more
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    Andrija Štampar

    Andrija Štampar (1 September 1888 – 26 June 1958) was a distinguished scholar in the field of social medicine from Croatia....  more