Tuesday, September 25, 2007


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (September 25,2007) – Nikola Kovac,distinguished university professor, essayist and a member of the Bosnian PEN Centre died yesterday, aged 71.

Although born in Dubrovnik,Croatia, Nikola Kovac was tied to Sarajevo and Bosnia his entire life. He was the Ambassador of Bosnia to France at the most difficult of times in Bosnia's recent history, from 1994 to 1995,during the Serbian,Montenegrin and Croatian aggressions.

Nikola Kovac, a member of the Bosnian PEN Centre, was an active participant and advocate of the freedom of speech, fight against totalitarian opinions and regimes and an analyst of the complex relations in the multiethnic Bosnia.

”He gave a specific contribution to our work since the Bosnian PEN Centre was founded in 1992. He published books and participated at the international and domestic conferences”; the Bosnian PEN Centre announced.

Kovac wrote about 15 books in the field of literature and visual arts. Some of his books were published in French. He also wrote a brilliant monograph about painting in Bosnia from 1945 to 1990.

He was a founder and a member of many associations of intellectuals and literary activists in Bosnia.

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