One of the most prolific Serbian authors, Svetislav Basara (Bajina Bašta, 1953) is considered to be the key figure of contemporary Serbian literature. His literary career started in the former Yugoslavia in the early 1980s with a collection of short stories, Priče u nestajanju (Vanishing Tales, 1982). For his novel Fama o biciklistima (The Cyclist Conspiracy, 1988) he received the prestigeous Željezara Sisak award. His work, comprised of five collections of short stories, thirteen novels, a dozen books of essays, plays and novellas, has always met a keen critical reception. In 2006 he received the most acclaimed Serbian literary award, NIN Award, for his novel The Rise and Fall of Parkinson's Disease. Some of his titles include: The Chinese Letters, 1985 (novel), Peking by Night, 1985 (short stories), Through the Looking Glass Cracked, 1986 (novella), On the Edge, 1987 (essays), The Cyclist Conspiracy, 1988 (novel), Phenomena, 1989 (short stories), In Search of the Grail, 1990 (novel), The Mongolian Travel Guide, 1992 (novel), Dark Side of the Moon, 1992 (essays), De Bello Civili, 1993 (novella), Selected Stories, 1994 (short stories), Vexland, 1995 (novel), The Tree of Life, 1995 (essays), The Virtual Cabala, 1996 (essays), Looney Tunes, 1997 (novel), Civil War Within, 1998 (English translation of De Bello Civili), Holy Lard, 1998 (novel), The Wolf's Lair, 1998 (essays), Midwinter, 2000 (novel), John B. Malkovitch, 2001 (novel), Boomerang, 2001 (play/comedy), The Chinese Letters, 2004 (translation in English), The Heart of the Earth, 2004 (novel), Lost in the Supermarket, 2008 (anthology of short stories), The Diary of Marta Koen, 2008 (novel), New Stradia, 2009 (novel).
Basara served as the Serbian Ambassador to Cyprus from 2001 to 2005.
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