Zaim Topčić

Zaim Topčić (28 February 1920 – 15 July 1990) was a Bosnian writer, renowned for his novels. He is one of the few writers who have twice won the Annual Award of the Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, for novels Lump of Sun and Black Snows (his son Zlatko Topčić is also a double winner of this prestigious award).[1]

Zaim Topčić
Zaim Topčić
Zaim Topčić
Born28 February 1920
Glamoč, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died15 July 1990 (aged 70)
Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
Notable awardsThe Annual Award of the Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lump of Sun (1958)
Black Snows (1962)
SpouseNaila Topčić
ChildrenZlatko Topčić
Vesna Topčić

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Early life and family

Topčić was born in Glamoč on 28 February 1920 and lived most of his life in Sarajevo with his wife Naila. His wife was a member of the famous Selimić family (her grandfather was a municipal councilor, landowner, benefactor and philanthropist Zaim-beg Selimić, who was the owner of the Kravica waterfall).

He graduated from Faculty of Economics of the University of Belgrade.


Zaim Topčić actively participated in the World War II in Yugoslavia from the beginning of 1941, on the Partisans side. After the liberation he was editor of the Sarajevo radio station. He was the Secretary General of the then "Udruženje književnika Bosne i Hercegovine" (now the "Društvo pisaca Bosne i Hercegovine", whose founder, Secretary General, from 1993 to 2001, and a Board member, from 2006 to 2010, was his son Zlatko).

He is the author of important historical novel Country of Heretics. Professor Enes Duraković has included novel in the edition of 100 books of Bosniak literature. He published a collections of stories Above the Abyss and Towards the Day, novels Lump of Sun, Black Snows, Sea Between Poplars, Country of Heretics, Obtained World, Hunt for People Jasenovac and Valter, Matoš, drama Shadows of Autumn and travelogues Panorama of Our Time.

Personal life

He lived in Sarajevo with his wife Naila, son Zlatko and daughter Vesna. As a communist, he was trapped in the Jasenovac concentration camp in 1943. One street on Ilidža is called "Ulica Zaima Topčića" ("Street of Zaim Topčić"). He was a great friend with Ivo Andrić.


Collections of stories

  • Above the Abyss, 1952
  • Towards the Day, 1955


  • Lump of Sun (Grumen sunca, 1958)
  • Black Snows (Crni snjegovi, 1962)
  • Sea Between Poplars (More među jablanima, 1966)
  • Country of Heretics (Zemlja heretika, 1972)
  • Obtained World (Dobijeni svijet, 1979)
  • Hunt for People Jasenovac (Ljudolovka Jasenovac, 1985)
  • Valter, Matoš


  • Shadows of Autumn


  • Panorama of Our Time, 1958


  • Annual Award of Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina for novel Lump of Sun, 1958
  • Annual Award of Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina for novel Black Snows, 1962
  • 27th July Award

See also


  1. ^ "SLOŽNA UREDNIČKA BRATIJA". October 13, 1989. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
1920 in literature

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1958 in literature

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1962 in literature

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1990 in literature

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Black Snows

Black Snows (Bosnian: Crni snjegovi) is a novel by Bosnian writer Zaim Topčić. It was published by the Sarajevo-based publishing house Svjetlost on 12 March 1962.Novel received the most significant Bosnian literary prize, Annual Award of Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the best book published in 1962.

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Lump of Sun

Lump of Sun (Bosnian: Grumen sunca) is the debut novel of Bosnian writer Zaim Topčić. It was published by the Belgrade-based publishing house Rad on 24 November 1958. The story revolves around Ustasha concentration camps of World War II.

Novel received the most significant Bosnian literary prize, Annual Award of Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the best book published in 1958.

It was preceded by the collections of short stories released in 1952 and 1955, respectively.

University of Belgrade

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Founded in 1808 as the Belgrade Higher School in revolutionary Serbia, by 1838 it merged with the Kragujevac-based departments into a single university. The University has around 75,000 students and over 6,400 members of academic staff. Since its founding, the University has educated more than 378,000 bachelors, around 25,100 magisters, 29,000 specialists and 14,670 doctors. The University comprises 31 faculties, 12 research institutes, the university library, and 9 university centres. The faculties are organized into 4 groups: social sciences and humanities; medical sciences; natural sciences and mathematics; and technological sciences.

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Zaim (name)

Zaim may be a representation of the male Arabic given name Za'im (Arabic: زعيم‎), meaning leader, chief. Correspondingly al-Za'im (Arabic: الزعيم‎) means "the leader". Notable people with the name include:


Husni al-Za'im (1897–1949), Syrian soldier and politician

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Zlatko Topčić

Zlatko Topčić (born 30 April 1955) is a Bosnian screenwriter, playwright and novelist. He has written a number of films, including: Remake, The Abandoned, Miracle in Bosnia; theater plays: Time Out, I Don't Like Mondays, Refugees; novels: The Final Word, Dagmar, Nightmare.

His films have been screened at numerous international film festivals, including: Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Locarno Festival, New York Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Hollywood Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and many other.He is the most awarded Bosnian and ex-YU writer and one of the most awarded European writers. Dr. Spahić talked about Topčić as the most significant phenomena in world literature at the beginning of the 1980s.His works have been translated into twelve languages: English, German, French, Italian, Czech, Turkish, Polish, Swedish, Slovenian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Albanian, and have been included in several domestic and international anthologies.

Topčić is a member of the Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, PEN Center of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Association of Filmmakers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, International Screenwriters' Association, American Screenwriters Association, Concordia Organization and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).In 2004, he was included on the annual Marquis Who's Who in the World list of the most influential people in the world.

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