Slobodan Novak is a major twentieth-century European prose writer, whose works include a half dozen novels, story collections, and adaptations for television and radio. Born in Split, Yugoslavia in 1924, he was raised on the Adriatic island of Rab, attended school in Split and Zagreb, and became a respected author of Yugoslav literature in the 1960s. He has won every major Yugoslav and Croatian literary prize and was awarded the Vladimir Nazor prize for lifetime achievement in 1990. His books were translated into seven languages and adapted for four feature films between 1966 and 1991. He lives in Zagreb and on the island of Rab.