By Ivica Đikić
Matchmaking Literature and Film 2018
Srebrenica. A Story of Evil
Ivica Đikić (1977) is winner of the Mesa Selimovic Award and T-portal literary award. Heis the author and screenwriter of the acclaimed TV show The Paper (2016-2018), which reached worldwide reception by coming to Netflix.
LOGLINE of the book
Outstanding and unflinching documentary novel that follows the events that took place in the course of the three days and nights (between 13 and 16 July 1995) during which eight thousand Bosniaks were killed in the area of Srebrenica.
synopsis of the book / STORY
The intention of this non-fiction novel is to research and to understand, using literary means, how was it possible for a JNA officer, raised in the spirit of Yugoslavia and genuinely devoted to the Yugoslav ideal and Titoism, to take charge of the operation to kill eight thousand people based exclusively on their ethnicity and religion.
The main character is Colonel Ljubiša Beara, General Ratko Mladić’s second in command on the Main Staff of the VRS and its Chief of Security. Colonel Beara (born in Sarajevo in 1939), had been a professional naval intelligence officer since 1963, Head of the Yugoslav National Army (JNA) Security Service in the naval district of Split, and the Chief of the JNA Security Service between 1982 and the beginning of the war in 1991. Beara was the main operative who organised the killing and burial of the thousands murdered in Srebrenica.
By the agreement with Corto Literary Agency, the author gives his consent that the agency will represent his work in his best interest.
pUBLISHER company profile
Corto Literary Agency is the only literary agency in Croatia specialized in international rights sales. It represents the best Croatian and a number of authors from South-Eastern Europe worldwide. As a co-agent the agency represents foreign publishers, literary agencies and authors, mostly from United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, France, Israel, Spain and South America.
Diana Matulić is a literary agent and editor with a longstanding experience in publishing and agenting business. For ten years she have worked as a foreign literature editor at largest and most prominent Croatian publishing companies in order to open her own literary agency, the first in Croatia, in 2016. with a vision to broader global readership with the finest voices from the SE region.
MAIN AWARDS / FESTIVALS OF WRITER
Meša Selimović award T-portal Literary Award
PAST MAIN PUBLICATIONS OF WRITER
Repetition. A Love Story (Ponavljanje)
I Dreamed Of The Elephants (Sanjao sam slonove) Circus Columbia (Cirkus Columbia)
Mallow Colour Of Nothing (Ništa sljezove boje)
MAIN BIBLIOGRAPHY & SELECTION IN MAIN FESTIVALS OF PUBLISHER
The novel has been presented to international publishers and agents at London, Frankfurt, Prague and Belgrade book fairs.
AUDIOVISUAL RIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS BY PUBLISHER
Circus Columbia (2010, dir. Danis Tanović)
Investigation / History / Psychological / Biography / Documentary / Adult / War
Bosnian war-zone, early 1990's
Croatian, Bosnian, English
Colonel Ljubiša Beara / General Ratko Mladić
PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL AVAILABLE
Synopsis, blurb, quotes, presentation, sample English translation of the novel
FILM AND TV REFERENCES (Sample films)
In the Land of Blood and Honey / Harrison's Flowers / Saving Private Ryan
TARGET AUDIENCE AGE
TARGET AUDIENCE PROFILE
Adult, interested in post-WWII European history and Balkan wars
LOCATIONS IN WHICH STORY TAKES PLACE
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia
AGE IN WHICH STORY TAKES PLACE
TV (Film and Series)
AVAILABLE RIGHTS FOR TERRITORIES
Cortoliterary - Diana Matulić
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