Dragan Velikić was born in 1953 in Belgrade. He grew up in the Croatian town of Pula on the Adriatic coast. From 1972 until 1976 he studied world literature at the University of Belgrade. From 1991 until 1995 he was a columnist with the independent weekly "Vreme", and from 1995 until the spring of 1999 he was editor-in-chief at the publishing house of the Independent Radio B92 in Belgrade. In March 1999 he began living in exile in Budapest and Vienna. He came back to Belgrade in December 2000. He was a DAAD scholar in Berlin from June 2001 to July 2002. From June 2005 to November 2009, Dragan Velikić was the Ambassador of Serbia in Austria. Now he lives in Belgrade as a freelancer. He has published eight novels: Via Pula
, 1991), Hamsin 51
1993), The North Wall
1995), Dante’s Square
1997), The Case of Bremen
2001), Dossier Domaszewski
2003) and The Russian Window
2007), three books of short stories and five books of essays. His books have been translated into twelve European languages. All his novels have been translated into German. For his last novel The Russian Window
(2007) he received the NIN Award and the Meša Selimović Award in Serbia and the Mitteleuropa Award in Austria. The Serbian version of The Russian Window
has been published in 14 editions and it has sold over 22,000 copies. Dragan Velikic has published around a hundred political essays and articles in the European newspapers and magazines.
Nagrada "Zlatni suncokret"
U užem izboru za književnu nagradu "Zlatni suncokret", koju dodeljuje kompanija "Vital", među šesnaest knjiga našla su se i dva Geopoetikina izdanja: "Ubogi Lazar u gradovima" Roberta Tilija i "Hronika sumnje" Vladislava Bajca. Žiri u sastavu Nikola Strajnić, Dragan Jovanović Danilov i Vladimir Gvozden (predsednik), sačinio je uži izbor kandidata za nagradu nakon razmatranja više od 200 naslova.