Hrvoje Ivančić was born in Zabok in 1983. He completed primary and secondary school in his home town, and went to Zagreb to study history. While at university, he began to publish his first articles in the domestic press.

He has travelled the Near East, Africa and Asia. He has written reports and travel pieces from Uganda, Congo, South Sudan, India, Pakistan, and war-ravaged Syria. He has published pieces in the weekly magazines Globus and Novosti, and for the H-alter website, and he occasionally works with television stations.

He is author of the travel series “Path to Kathmandu” and articles from Syria, and the documentary film on a fair-trade system in Uganda entitled “Bead by bead”. He writes travel stories, short stories and articles. He has held hundreds of lectures on geopolitical, historical and anthropological topics in libraries across Croatia. He has been a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, and the Philosophy Faculties at the Universities of Zagreb, Zadar and Rijeka.

He has been a guest speaker at literary clubs in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. His travel novel Danube Blues won the Rikard Jorgovanić literary award. He is also author of the novel Samsara – Journey to the East. Za’atar is his third book, and deals with the ordinary man in the whirlwind of the Great games in the Near East.

Since 2015, he has been a member of the Croatian Writers’ Society.


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Juraj Bubalo:

Hrvoje Ivančić belongs to the sort of writer that is capable of capturing and recognising the signals that have always turned these kinds of travellers towards the East, even when the cause for the journey is covered by another motive. The thread that carries Ivančić’s “wanderer” to the end, to the final knowledge of life and death – samsara, appears after the first steps, at the threshold to the East, in Sarajevo… The exciting rhythm and ease of storytelling with which Ivančić leads us on an ancient journey in a modern time, skilfully intertwining the traveller’s sensations with the state and reflections of the storytelling, make this a travel novel that will be read in a single breath by those who love travel stories and fiction.


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