Thursday, May 18, 2023

Lana Bastašić

Lana Bastašić (1986) is a Bosnian and Serbian writer, novelist and translator.

Lana was born in Zagreb to a Serbian family in 1986 and immigrated to Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina as a young child.

She studied English at the University of Banja Luka and received an MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Belgrade. In addition to novels, Bastašić has written in many different genres: short stories, children’s stories, poetry, and stage plays. Her debut novel Catch the Rabbit was published in Belgrade in 2018, and then reprinted in Sarajevo. The structure of the book draws inspiration from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with themes of exile, identity, and is divided into twelve chapters, as is Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It won the 2020 EU Prize for Literature and was shortlisted for the NIN Award.[5] It was translated into English by Bastašić herself and published by Picador in the UK and Restless Books in the US.

She currently resides in Switzerland.

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