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Famous Writers from Croatia

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List of famous writers from Croatia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Croatia is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Croatian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Croatia and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Croatian writers?" and "Which writers are from Croatia?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Croatia in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Croatia, but they're all of Croatia descent.
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Ivo Vojnović is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
Dec. at 72 (1857-1929)
Ivan "Ivo" Vojnović was a Croatian writer from Dubrovnik.
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Otto von Habsburg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
Dec. at 99 (1912-2011)
Otto von Habsburg, also known by his royal name as Archduke Otto of Austria, was the last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary from 1916 until the dissolution of the empire in 1918, a realm which ...more
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Dušan Vukotić is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
Dec. at 71 (1927-1998)
Dušan Vukotić was a cartoonist, author and director of animated films from Yugoslavia. He is the best known member of the Zagreb school of animated films. Vukotić was born in Bileća, Bosnia and ...more
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Filip Šovagović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
age 53
Filip Šovagović is a Croatian actor, film director, playwright and journalist. At first known simply as the son of renowned Croatian actor Fabijan Šovagović, Filip Šovagović has appeared in many ...more
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Josip Broz Tito is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
Dec. at 88 (1892-1980)
Josip Broz Tito was a Yugoslav revolutionary and statesman, serving in various roles from 1943 until 1980. During WWII he was the leader of the Partisans, often regarded as the most effective ...more
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Fabijan Šovagović is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
Dec. at 69 (1932-2001)
Fabijan Šovagović 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 from late 1950s he appeared ...more
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Zrinko Ogresta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
Zrinko Ogresta age 61
Zrinko Ogresta is an acclaimed Croatian screenwriter and film director.
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Jagoda Kaloper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
age 72
Jagoda Kaloper is a Croatian painter and actress famous for groundbreaking roles in classic films in the former Yugoslav cinema.
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Mirko Kovač is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
Dec. at 75 (1938-2013)
Mirko Kovač was a Yugoslav writer. Kovač was born in the village of Petrovići near Nikšić. His works are novels: Gubilište, Moja sestra Elida, Malvina, Ruganje s dušom, Vrata od utrobe, Uvod u ...more
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Ivo Škrabalo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
Dec. at 77 (1934-2011)
Ivo Škrabalo was a Croatian film critic, screenwriter, and member of parliament. Škrabalo was born in Sombor, where he finished elementary and high school before moving to Zagreb in 1952. He ...more
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Gustav Gavrin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
Dec. at 70 (1906-1976)
Gustav Gavrin was a film director, screenwriter and producer.
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Denny Vrandečić is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
age 41
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 ...more
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Goran Dukić is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
Goran Dukić is a Croatian film director, screenwriter and actor best known for writing and directing the 2006 film Wristcutters: A Love Story.
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Oja Kodar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
age 78
Oja Kodar is a Croatian actress, screenwriter and director, best known as Orson Welles's girlfriend for the last 24 years of his life.
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Georg Ludwig Ritter von Trapp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
Dec. at 67 (1880-1947)
Corvette Captain Georg Johannes, Ritter von Trapp, often incorrectly referred to as Baron von Trapp, was an Austro-Hungarian Navy officer. His naval exploits during World War I earned him ...more
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Branko Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
Branko Schmidt age 62
Branko Schmidt is an acclaimed Croatian film director. His 2012 film Cannibal Vegetarian was selected as the Croatian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it ...more
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Goran Tribuson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
Goran Tribuson age 71
Goran Tribuson is a Croatian prose and screenplay writer. Tribuson received his B.A. in literature from the Philosophical Faculty in Zagreb and his M.A. in filmology at the University of Zagreb. ...more
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Danilo Šerbedžija is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
age 48
Danilo Šerbedžija is a Croatian film director. His debut feature film, 72 Days, was selected as the Croatian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards, but it did not ...more
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Živko Zalar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
Živko Zalar age 71
Živko Zalar is an award-winning Croatian cinematographer, son of Croatian cinematographer Slavko Zalar. Zalar began making films as an amateur at the Kino Klub Zagreb, before going on to study ...more
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Snježana Tribuson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
Snježana Tribuson age 62
Snježana Tribuson is a film director, actress and screenwriter.
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Ivo Banac is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
age 72
Ivo Banac is a Croatian historian, a long-time history professor at Yale University and was a politician of the former Liberal Party in Croatia. As of 2012, Banac is a consultant for the Bosnian ...more
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Nikola Kovac is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
age 36
Nikola Kovac is a film director, writer, editor and cinematographer.
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Veljko Popovic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
Veljko Popovic age 40
Veljko Popovic is a film director and screenwriter.
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Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
Dec. at 64 (1874-1938)
Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić was a Croatian writer. Within her native land, as well as internationally, she has been praised as the best Croatian writer for children.
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Ognjen Sviličić is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Croatia
Ognjen Sviličić age 48
Ognjen Sviličić is a Croatian screenwriter and film director noted for his critically acclaimed 2007 film Armin.