Faruk Šehić was born in 1970 in Bihać. Until the outbreak of war in 1992, Šehić studied Veterinary Medicine in Zagreb. However, the then 22-year-old voluntarily joined the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in which he led a unit of 130 men as a lieutenant. After the war, he studied literature and since 1998 has published his own literary works. His books have a cult status among writers and literary audience. The literary critics regard him as the shining light of the so-called “knocked-over generation.” His books have been translated into English, Slovenian, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, German, Bulgarian, French, Spanish, Dutch and Macedonian. His debut novel Knjiga o Uni (Quiet Flows the Una, 2011) was awarded the Meša Selimović prize for the best novel published in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia in 2011, and the European Union Prize for Literature in 2013. He works as a columnist and journalist in a respected political magazine BH Dani. Faruk Šehić lives in Sarajevo.