Faruk Pašic is a graduate student of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests include German literature of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, with a focus on texts published after 1871 and around the turn of the century. He was born in former Yugoslavia, but his family fled the country when the battles of the civil war spread to their native town of Zvornik in the spring of 1992. He discovered the writings of Andrej Nikolaidis through the work "Balkanska rapsodija" ("Balkan Rhapsody"), a compilation of the author's op-ed pieces published in the investigative newspaper Slobodna Bosna.
Andrej Nikolaidis is regarded as one of Montenegro's most gifted writers. Born in 1972 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, today the journalist and author lives in Ulcinj,Montenegro. He is best known for his critical columns, which have already caused quite a stir in his native country. The dedicated journalist has not shied away from attacking well-known film directors such as Emir Kusturica, for example. Nikolaidis' literature is also anything but easy reading. His literary achievements already include three novels and several anthologies with short stories. (Adapted from http://www.wieninternational.at/en/node/4999).