Filip David (b. 1940, Kragujevac) graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy (majoring in Yugoslav and world literature) and the Academy of Theater, Film, Radio and TV (Dramaturgy). Writer and long-term editor of Belgrade Television’s Drama Program, Filip is also professor of Dramaturgy at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. One of the founders of Independent Writers, an association founded in Sarajevo in 1989 assembling leading writers from all parts of the former Yugoslavia. He is also the founder of the Belgrade Circle (1990) an association of independent minded Serbian intellectuals, united by their opposition to the nationalist policies of Slobodan Milošević. Filip is a member of the Writers’ Forum and of Group 99, which forms the international writers’ association founded at the International Book Fair in Frankfurt. David has written a number of screenplays for television and film. His published works include four collections of short stories: The Well in the Dark Forest (1964), Notes on the Real and the Unreal (1969), The Prince of Fire (1987), Collected and New Stories. Elsewhere in his repertoire we find two novels: Pilgrims of Heaven and Earth (1995) and The Dream of Love and Death (2007); books of essays: Fragments from Dark Times (1994), Are we Monsters? (1997), Worlds in Chaos (2004). Together with the writer Mirko Kovač he published A Book of Letters 1992-1995 (1992-1995, 1998). His stories and novels have won numerous prizes, including the Mladost, Milan Rakic and BIGZ awards, the Prosveta Prize for book of the year, and the Ivo Andric Prize.
His books have been translated into Swedish, French, Polish, Hungarian, Italian, Albanian, Esperanto, Macedonian, Slovenian, and have been published in Croatia. His short stories are included in more than twenty anthologies. For The House of Memory and Oblivion he was awarded the most prestigious Serbian literary prize, the NIN Award, for the best novel in 2014. David also recieved the “Meša Selimovic” Award for the best novel in the region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Croatia. Filip's home is Belgrade.
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