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Nenad Bach interviewed by Garrison Leykam who hosts Conversation Crossroad
On Monday August 6th, Nenad was interviewed by Garrison Leykam who hosts Conversation Crossroad. The program is the definitive Internet-based radio program for listeners who want the best in entertainment, information and intriguing ideas. On Friday August 17th, the band will be making its return to the legendary Towne Crier as guests of Black 47! The Band is honored to be opening for them. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and the Towne Crier is located at 130 Route 22 Pawling, New York.

Julian Rachlin & Friends Festival founded in 2001 in Dubrovnik, Croatia
This year marks the 11th anniversary of the internationally renowned “Julian Rachlin & Friends” festival held annually in Dubrovnik, Croatia, a platform for creative and vibrant projects with today’s leading musicians and actors. Besides delighting his audiences with his musical performances, Julian is also receiving recognition as a young philanthropist for his charity work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and his educational outreach.

Croatia's Giovanni Cernogoraz wins Olympic men's trap gold in London 2012
"This gold medal is fantastic," said Cernogoraz, who in his daily life helps out in his family's restaurant in Novigrad. "This is very good for me, for my family and for the country. I did not expect to win." This is the second gold medal for Croatia at the 2012 Olympics Games in London.

Japan Croatia Friendship House completed in Tokamachi in 2012 - congratulations!
Japan Croatia Friendship House is a result of very good relations that the Republic of Croatia has with Japan. The House has been completed in 2012, based on the project of two distinguished Croatian architects Vinko Penezić i Krešimir Rogina. Very important role in launching the project had Yoshifumi Sekiguchi, Mayor of the city of Tokamachi on the photo, former Croatian ambassador Dr. Drago Štambuk, present Croatian amabassador Ms Mira Martinec on the photo, and of course, Croatian national soccer team that lived and trained in the city throughout the 2002 World Cup.

Sandra Perkovic Croatian olympic queen in discus throwing 2012 in London
Rank in discus throwing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London: 1. Sandra Perković, Croatia,  69.11 m, winner of the Olympic gold medal, 2. Darya Pishchalnikova, Russia, silver medal, 3. Li Yanfeng, China, bronze medal. The 4th place was won by Stephanie Brown Trafton, USA. This is one of the greatest achievements in the history of Croatian sport.

Celebrating Croatia’s D-Day: Operation Storm August 5th 1995
The profound respect, delight and the sense of ultimate justice for freedom WWII D-Day generates in the lands of WWII Allies is nothing less, nothing more than what "Operation Storm 1995" generates for Croatia and Croatians. The Operation Storm prevented genocide over Muslim Slavs in the Bihać area in Bosnia and Herzegovina. On the photo Dr. Franjo Tudjman, president of the Republic of Croatia, kissing the national flag in 1995 on the fortress of Knin, a former royal city of Croatian kings.

Jorge-Luis Subiabre Matiacha published a monograph about Croatians in Punta Arenas in Chile
Huellas y Rastros de Croatas en Punta Arenas (The Impressions and Traces of Croatians in Puntas Arenas) is a fascinating, trilingual, Spanish-English-Croatian book of photos by Jorge Subiabre Matiacha and Tatiana Alfaro Chavez, that Jorge recently published in Puntas Arenas. Matiacha has Croatian roots and works as a graphic designer, photographer and writer, while co-author Tatiana is a photographic technician.  Both have already participated successfully at photo exhibits. The book features many black & white photos of Croatians, most with roots from the Croatian island of Brač, with a selection from the poetry of Pepita Turina (1907-1986) in the foreword.

Dragutin Cifrek distinguished Croatian painter, calligrapher and miniaturist in Slovenia
Dragutin Cifrek, distingushed Croatian painter, calligrapher and miniaturist living in Slovenia, is a follower of Julije Klovic (Giulio Clovio, 1498-1578), a famous Renaissance miniaturist born in Croatia, nicknamed long ago as the "Michelangelo of miniature". His special affection are miniatures of birds. In 1990s he created a series of very nice drawings for Croatian postage stamps. Mr. Cifrek was educated at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Zagreb.

Civic Innovation for a Better Future seminar in Zagreb September 14-15, 2012
The Civic Innovation Incubator (Croatia), with support of The Leadership Institute (USA) will hold a two day seminar, in Zagreb, titled "Civic Innovation for a Better Future". The objective of the seminar will be to discuss how to foster and empower a culture of creativity and innovation in the younger generation. New times create new problems. New technologies offer new opportunities. New solutions are required and for this creativity and innovation are required.

Livio Marijan & Ivica Dundovic of Zadar Croatia won gold medal at the European Folklore Festival in Bulgaria
Ivica Dundović and Livio Marijan are winners of a prestitigious European Folklore Festival organized from 10th to 20th July 2012 in Bargas in Bulgaria, under the auspices of UNESCO. Besides the gold medal they also won the black orpheus, a prize of the public, the recommendation for the World Folklore Festival, and are recipients of a special diploma "Revelation of the Festival". They were singing old, almost forgotton Croatian songs from Dalmatia, including traditional Glagolitic songs from the town of Kali on the island of Ugljan.

Passion Heritage of Croatians in The Danube Region conference held in Sombor 2012
Mrs Marija Šeremešić initiated organizing the international conference dealing with the Passion Heritage among Croatians in the Danube Region. It was held in the lovely town of Sombor, in cooperation with the local Croatian society called Urbani Šokci directed by Mrs Šeremešić, and by the Agency for Culture of Vojvodina Croatians from Subotica, directed by Mr Tomislav Žigmanov. The conference was superbly organized and very successful.

Dr. Josip Marcan born in Croatia is widely recognized as the foremost expert on tigers in the world
Dr. Josip Marcan discovered his uncanny ability with animals during his childhood in Croatia. Dr. Marcan eventually made his way to the United States in the late 1960's and began focusing more on the endangered Bengal tiger.  By the early 1980's he had developed a breeding program that was producing the finest, genetically sound Bengal tigers anywhere. Animals from his breeding program have made their homes in zoos and wildlife parks all over the world.

LADO prestigious Croatian national folklore ensemble visited Japan in 2006
LADO is one of the most famous folklore national ensembles in the world, founded in 1949. The following impression illustrates reactions of the public on the concerts of LADO in Japan in 2006: "... If I were born again, I would like to be born a Croat, so I could dance these beautiful dances with LADO" On the photo Mrs. Ivana Laušić, director of the LADO ensemble, and His excellency Mr. Tetsuhisa Shirakawa, Ambassador of Japan in Croatia.

Kathleen Wilkes - report of the comission doctor honoris causa award of the University of Zagreb, Croatia
Dr. Kathleen Wilkes ... Dr Kathleen Vaughan Wilkes is a productive, respected, and influential philosopher who has through her activities not only significantly helped Croatia's struggle for independence and defence from the Great Serbian aggressors but she helped and is still helping the development of the Croatian academic community. It is our honour to positively evaluate and whole-heartedly support the proposition to give Kathleen Vaughan Wilkes an honorary doctoral degree of the University of Zagreb. Zagreb, 27 March 2001. Professors Srđan Lelas, Branko Despot, Ante Pažanin, Danilo Pejović and Zvonimir Šikić.

Ivana Marija Vidovic organized the 6th Epidaurus Festival Plus in the Bukovac House in Cavtat in Croatia
Ivana Marija Vidović on the left For the first time the Epidarus Festival Plus in Cavtat has been organized in the house of distinguished Croatian painter Vlaho Bukovac (1855-1922). This was a real feast of art, music and the surrounding nature, interwoven with emotions of guests and musicians. The central event took place on 4th July, celebrating Vlaho's birthday, with participation of two distinguished Spanish musiscians:MarĂ­a Esther GuzmĂĄn playing guitar and Luis Orden with flute. With superb organization of Ivana Marija Vidović, distinuished Croatian pianist, poet and humanist, founder and director of the Epiduarus Festival during the past six years, on the photo with a girl wearing local Konavle dress.

1133 years since the first international recognition of Croatia: 879 - 2012
The Croatian Prince Branimir, 9th century, made important steps in strengthening the relations with Rome. During the solemn divine service in St. Peter's church in Rome in 879, Pope John VIII gave his blessing to the prince and the whole Croatian people, about which he informed Branimir in his letters, the first one dated on May 21, 879. This was the first time that the Croatian state was officially recognized (at that time the international legitimacy was given by the Pope), which, as we see, happened more than eleven centuries ago! On the photo old a detail from Croatian pre-Romanesque monument from the 9th century containing the name of Branimir.

Kathy Wilkes Dr Honoris Causa of the University of Zagreb 2001
Dr. Katheleen Wilkes (1946-2003), during her speech at the University of Zagreb in 2001: A charming thought to start a rather depressing talk. Johann Gottfried von Herder, in 1791: “How wonderfully has Nature separated nations, not only by woods and mountains, seas and deserts, rivers and climates, but most particularly by languages, inclinations and characters, so that the work of subjugating despotism might be rendered more difficult...”

Croatian Stenographic Society founded in 1882 in Zagreb five years earlier than Intersteno in London
The Croatian Stenographic Society was founded by Isidor Kršnjavi 5 years before the Intersteno itself was founded in 1887, in the London Geological Museum. On the photo Josip Hanjš, the current president of the Croatian Stenographic Society (Hrvatsko stenografsko društvo), and former world champion in stenography.

Brigita Matic of Croatia European judo chapion in 2012 in the category up to 70 kg
Brigita Matić, young Croatian judo master, became European champion by winning in a match with a Russian girl  Ekaterina Tokareva. The Eruopean Judo Championship was organized in Montenegro in the town of Bar, 22-24 June 2012. Her sister Barbara Matić was European judo cadet champion in 2010. Brigita Matić is a member of the Judo Club Pujanke from the city of Split (JK Pujanke - Split), Croatia.

Ante Glibota Croatian historian of art author of the monograph about a leading multi-media artist Otto Piene
Otto Piene and Ante Glibota on the photo are two champions in this voluminous book. They write in their Press Release, that the twenty-three year long journey "...has left a powerful imprint on their subconscious and a shared sense that the 'adventure' has been a genuine, authentic act of entertainment, in the poetical meaning of the word, even as they remained extremely vigilant and precise as to the facts and to the importance of the motives that guided them and have led to the book in its present and final form."

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2012 especially Peter Christopher Novakovic

Graduation is a rite of passage and the editorial staff at Croatian World Network would like to congratulate the graduating class of 2012 and wish them all the best in their future endeavors! We would also like to congratulate a special graduate  from El Segundo High School in Los Angeles.

To the Security Council of The United Nations regarding the Croatians of Bosnia-Herzegovina
Slobodan Praljak, portrayed by Ante Gotovina Croatian general Slobodan Praljak, exceptionally educated person, has diplomas of three faculties: Faculty of Arts, Electrical Engineering and Film Academy, all from the University of Zagreb. He elaborates about: The training and equipping of entire BH Army units in Croatia; The taking up of hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees in Croatia; The organisation of ex-territorial education and schooling for Muslim refugees in the Republic of Croatia; About low blows of Carla del Ponte and a Canadian general plus many other issues.

Zagreb Technopolis - Silicon Valley on the Sava River in Croatia
Marijan Ozanic Zagreb Technopolis, or the Silicon Valley on the Sava River, is a large science and technology park of 236 000 m2 envisaged on the site of the never completed hospital. That would be the place of the future science and technology park for high-tech firms, an entrepreneurial zone for large productive enterprises, business schools and various accompanying facilities like multimedia halls, conference rooms, laboratories, banks, restaurants, kindergarten. Zagreb Technopolis won’t be just some large office area for accommodation of various big and small firms. It will be the place where entrepreneurs, companies and products for export will be developed, and new jobs opened.

Open letter to Michel Platini, president of UEFA, from Ante Glibota
Modern technologies offer a perfect possibility to see the wrong action on a football ground, and to check who is playing sportingly and who is unfair. This would eliminate all possibilities of unfairness suspicion and avoid unjustified results. But you and your organization refuse this solution, to make your occult games and plays, persisting with unfairness and generating false results, as a way to give advantage to your protected nations, your favorite ones.

Dr Igor Velcic awarded at the 5th Croatian Mathematical Congress June 18-21 2012 in the city of Rijeka
The 5th Croatian Mathematical Congress June 18-21 2012 has been very successfuly organized by The Department of Mathematics of the University of Rijeka, and The Croatian Mathematical Society. The Congress included six plenary lectures, 8 plenary lectures, a large number of short communications and posters, and three round tables. A young Croatian mathematician Igor Velčić (on the photo) from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, was awarded the Prize of the Croatian Mathematical Society.

Nobel Prize Winner Robert J. Aumann in Dubrovnik at Logic in Computer Science Symposium 25-28 June 2012
The Logic and Computer Symposium - LICS is an annual international forum on theoretical and practical topics in computer science that relate to logic, broadly construed. LICS 2012 will be hosted by the Department for Electrical Engineering and Computing at the University of Dubrovnik in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from June 25th to 28th, 2012. There will be an invited lecture by Robert J. Aumann, winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences on the photo, and a plenary session in honor of Alan Turing.

Croatia - Ireland 3 : 1 at the 2012 European Football Championship in Poland
Successful debut of Croatian national team in Poland, in a fooball match with Ireland. Croatia coach is Slaven Bilić, and this is his last tournament as an international coach before joining Lokomotiv Moscow.

6th Epidaurus Festival solemnly opened on 9 June 2012 in the town of Cavtat on Croatian south
Ivana Marija Vidović, director and founder of the Epiduarus Festival, distinguished Croatian pianist, poet and humanist, oriented her activites also towards younger and youngest generations of the City of Dubrovnik and in the southmost Croatian region of Konavle, to the great pleasure of numerous visitors and parents of children. The festival has international character, and is organized in the magic Mediterranean ambiance of the town of Cavtat, or ancient Epidaurus. On the photo two Konavle girls with typical Konavle caps.

Thomas Crowley 1949-1995 Irish hero of Croatian defense 1991-1995
Thomas Crawley (1949-1995) arrived to Croatia in 1991, where he participated in its defense. He tragically died in 1995 at the age of 46. He was a Major of Croatian Army. Commemorative Mass in his honor has been organized in the city of Split on 10th June 2012 in the Cathedral of St. Dujam. His earthy remains are buried in the Split cemetery. Thomas Crowley is not only the son of Ireland, but also the son of Croatia.

Mobilne aplikacije Vatrenih - Mobile applications of Croatian soccer team on iPhone, Android and Blackberry
  Mobilne aplikacije Vatrenih. Sada je moguće sve informacije o Hrvatskoj nogometnoj reprezentaciji saznati i u pokretu! Trenutno je moguće instalirati aplikacije na mobilne uređaje koje proizvode iPhone, Android i Blackberry. Škljocnite na logo kako biste odmah instalirali aplikaciju na svoj uređaj i pristupali cijeloj statistici, povijesti, kolumnama i najsvježijim vijestima nogometne reprezentacije., Android aplikacija zahtjeva verziju 2.2 ili noviju, iPhone i iPod aplikacija zahtjeva verziju iOS-a 4.3 ili noviju, BlackBerry aplikacija za BlackBerry Playbook te BlackBerry 10 Beta - Uskoro!

Dr. Andrija Puharich: parapsychologist, medical researcher, and inventor
Andrija (Henry) K. Puharich M.D., LL.D., was born on February 19, 1918 in Chicago, United States. He graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 1947 and completed his residency in internal medicine at Permanente Hospital in California. During his scientific career Dr. Puharich held 56 American and foreign patents for his inventions in the fields of medical electronics, neurophysiology and biocybernetics. His most known invention was a microelectronic hearing-aid for nerve deafs, which was developed in "Intelectron Corporation" in New York, a 1960 venture of Puharich where he had served as president and director of research for 10 years.

Sasa Casic young Croatian winemaking prodigy of Pakrac and his teacher Ivan Enjingi
Saša Ćasić is 28 year old professional wine maker from the town of Pakrac on Croatian north. He has been awarded as the most successful young entrepreneur in 2012 by the Ministry of Enterpreneurship and Crafts of the Republic of Croatia. This is a result of ten years of hard work and advices of his older colleague, another distinguished Croatian wine-maker Mr. Ivan Enjingi.

Croatian Festival in France in automn 2012 will have more than 60 events
More than 60 events held in 45 different locations will be the feature of the 2012 Croatian Festival in France which is to be held from September to December, confirmed Croatia's Ministry of Culture. The official opening of the Festival will be on 9 October in the Cluny Museum in Paris, where it is expected that the presidents of the two countries will open the Croatian medieval art exhibition. Furthermore, the 400th edition of French magazine Geo, June 2012, has been dedicated to Croatia. On the photo the town of Rovinj in Istrian peninsula, Croatia.

New York City premiere of "The Doll" by Miro Gavran on June 22nd 2012

Miro Gavran's play “The Doll” will be premiered in New York on June 22nd by Storefront & Bench Production with The Local Theatre Present at the Gallery MC in the West End. The translation into English was done by Nina H. Kay-Antoljak. Sanja Bestic is directing and the members of the cast are Anna-Nora Bernstein and Chris Batstone. This premiere in New York will be the first performance of the play in the United States.

Living Cells a new book by Julienne Eden Busic available on Amazon

“Living Cells,” now available in English in paperback and for Kindle, is a novel based on the true story, including actual tapes, of a young Croatian woman  who was held hostage as a sex slave, or “comfort woman”, for over two months by Serbian soldiers during the occupation of the eastern Croatian city of Vukovar in 1991.

Nikola Knez and his iFilms LLC has received 11 Remi Awards at the 45th Annual Worldfest-Houston 2012
Nikola Knez directed all of the nominated entries. Nikola is an multi-award winning director who formed iFilms LLC in 2007. iFilms LLC is a multi-award winning full-service film company managing the production process from script to screen. The studio is equipped with state-of-the-art, leading edge technology and staffed with film industry professionals. They bring twenty years of international experience with specialization in 3D animation and visual effects to their work.

Life of Croatian peasants near Zagreb described in a silent film from 1920s
The film was shot probably in 1920s in the village of Mraclin south of Zagreb, the region of Turopolje, near the town of Velika Gorica. It describes the daily life of a family community in Turopolje (Turopoljska zadruga) during one ordinary day, starting from early in the morning. Especially interesting is to see making the sign of the Cross on the bread before lunch, and the sign of the Cross on small children when they go to bed. We illustrate the old customs by a nice collection of photos from Radio Velika Gorica, Croatia.

Christophe Dolbeau wrote a new important book about French - Croatian historical relations
The newest book by Christophe Dolbeau is written in French, and its title is  Croatie - France, Une Belle Amitié, i.e. France  - Croatia, a Nice Friendship. It reveals us many new details about various historical contacts between Croatia and France. It has 138 pp, and covers the period since the Middle Ages till the 19th century. This book will be a wonderful gift to anybody wishing to known more about Croatia in the context of European relations throughout centuries, with a special reference to France.

Epidaurus Festival in Cavtat Croatia solemn opening on 9th June 2012
Indefatiguable professor  Marija Ana Vidović, Dubrovnik, distinguished Croatian pianist, poet and humanist, organized with her colleagues the 6th Epidaurus Festival in Cavtat, Croatia, 6-19 June 2012. Among numerous interesting guests we mention Dejana Sekulić, violin, and Nataša Bekčić, piano, both young talents from the Royal Academy Brussels, and Kyung Hee Luciu Yang, soprano from South Korea. Epidaurus plus is planned for the 4th July as a big surprise.

Ana Vidovic in Zagreb 29 May 2012 playing with the Zagreb Soloists
Ana Vidović distinguished guitarist will play in Croatia's capital Zagreb together with the Zagreb Soloists on 29 May 2012, 8 pm in Hrvatski glazbeni zavod - Croatian Concert Hall. Ana Vidović started her studies of guitar at the Academy of Music in Zagreb under maestro Istvan Roemer. She is considered to be one of the best classical guitarists of today in the world.

INmusic Festival is back at Jarun in Zagreb, Croatia for the 7th year in a row

The festival's seventh edition is scheduled to take place on 29–30 June 2012 on Youth Island in the middle of Zagreb's Lake Jarun. INmusic festival brings together many big names such as The Cranberries, Franz Ferdinand, Gorillaz Sound System, Plan B, Mando Diao, Gogol Bordello, General Elektriks, Retro Stefson, Human Woman, Reptile Youth, and Iness Mezel. INmusic festival is Croatia's biggest international open-air festival. The festival was started in 2006 and includes several genre-specific stages with internationally renowned indie rock, heavy metal and electronica artists. INmusic is among the top 20 European summer festivals.

Ivo Pogorelich intrigues Dubrovnik with his outstanding musicianship and emotional performance
After 26 years of absence, pianist Ivo Pogorelich returned to Dubrovnik to play at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival on July 25, 2011. This concert in the Rector's palace was an unforgettable opportunity to watch a master at work.The contrast yet evenness of the notes showed great control and power in his playing. Pogorelich's body language, as well as his emotions, reflected that, as he played the piece, he was also playing a story in his mind. He continued to stimulate the crowd throughout the performance.

Bosnia and Herzegovina where the God weeps
Even though religious freedom is enshrined in the 1995 constitution (Article 2), there are alarming cases of discrimination and violence. Muslims, Catholics and Orthodox have all reported many cases of aggression and religious intolerance. Religious practice is relatively low but there are some areas where religion is taken very seriously. Examples of this include the Croatian Catholic communities in Bosnia, where they are a minority. They find themselves in a difficult position, fighting for survival... Martyred nuns have been beatified in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2011.

Porez na inozemne mirovine?
U ime Hrvatskog svjetskog kongresa, mjerodavnim institucijama u Hrvatskoj, pismom se obratio Josip Ante Sovulj, tajnik HSK-a za odnose s hrvatskim državnim ustanovama, a na temu nejasnoća oko poreza na inozemne mirovine. Pismo donosimo u cijelosti.

Croatia Haiku Super Power - Vladimir Devide Haiku Award 2012 goes to Kudryavitsky and Maretić
The Second Vladimir Devide Haiku Award was announced by Akito Arima, formerly Japanese Minister of both Science and Education, and president of the University of Tokyo, and current president of the Haiku International Association. The award attracted over 200 entries from 28 countries, and this year the prize was jointly awarded to two authors, Anthony Kudryavitsky from Ireland, and Tomislav Maretić from Croatia on the photo. Croatia is considered a Haiku "superpower".

Marko Vrdoljak photographer and his presentation of Croatia's capital Zagreb
Marko Vrdoljak, Zagreb: "We have to make sure that we see the beauty of tomorrow and enjoy it as happily and intensely as possible. It is our duty to keep our faith in beauty and hope. We must be the ones to create a better tomorrow with our positive energy, our talents, the ones who must keep negative thoughts inside and transform them into warmth, understanding and kindness..."

HRT dokumentirao Jugoslavenske tajne službe na YouTube-u. Bleiburg planiran još u Drvaru.
Jugoslavenske tajne službe 1-7 opisane su na YouTube-u. Filmove je priredila i emitirala HRT (Hrvatska Radio Televizija), a sinopsis napisao Obrad Kosovac, pod stručnom recenzijom prof.dr. Josipa Jurčevića. Scenarist je Andrej Rora, a producent i redatelj Miljenko Manjkas. Glavni urednik dokumentarnog programa HRT je Ninoslav Lovčević. Početak osvjetljavanja tamne prošlosti, tako da iz povijesnih dokumenata učimo i ne ponavljamo iste greške. Jedini pravi način izgradnje temelja prave demokratske Hrvatske je sučeljavanje s prošlošću, bila ona dobra, loša ili indiferentna. Naša je.

Dr. Hedvig Hricak distinguished Croatian expert in radiology and tumor diagnosis
Professor Hedvig Hričak earned her MD degree from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and her Dr. Med. Sc. from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. She is the Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, the first woman on that position. Dr. Hricak is President-Elect and Secretary Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). She is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists and an honorary member of the British Institute of Radiology, German Radiological Society, Austrian Roentgen Society, Croatian Society of Radiology, Journées Françaises de Radiologie and the Swedish Society of Medical Radiology.

Igor Ilić's first novel F*ckin' Foreigner available on Amazon

Fuckin' Foreigner: Igor Ilic Welcomes You To America! In his first novel, he tells a story full of wit and hard-boiled realism. We are introduced to the Croat Igor and venture with him from Croatia to Las Vegas and to San Francisco Bay Area as he chases the mirage of the American Dream. Pressured by the harsh reality of debt, poor wages and unemployment, our 31 year old hero of this novel is more than just another great American novel's vagabond. He is a reminder of Umberto Eco's mantra that a real hero is a hero by mistake.

Valter Despalj and Istvan Roemer distinguished Croatian cellist and guitarist playing together
Maestro Valter Dešpalj is distinguished Croatian cellist, professor at the Academy of Music in Zagreb. In 1990 he founded Cellomania - an orchestra of young cellists in Zagreb. Among his former students are Stjepan Huaser & Luka Suljic, members of the duo 2 CELLOS. Maestro Istvan Roemer on the photo is distinugished Croatian guitarist and professor at the same Academy. Among his former students are Ana and Viktor Vidović.

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