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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Darko Rundek:

Which Zagreb native wouldn’t admire someone who has dared to make his mark on the Sava River towards the Black Sea? Who hasn’t at least once wanted to do so himself? The fact that two of us have fills me with pride. What follows is a true story of a young writer, who wins over readers, emotionally leading them, feeding their curiosity and breaking down all prejudices. The Sava and Danube Rivers, so much older than history and impartial to borders, connect the people and nations on their banks. They tell tales of the fate of empires, while in the background, friendship, hard work and sincere human contacts and a unique atmosphere become even more significant and precious.


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