Kristian Novak (1979) is a university professor, linguist and writer. In 2006 he became the European vice champion in karate. His award-winning novels Črna mati zemla (2013) and Ciganin, ali najljepši (2017) have won over both the literary critics and the audience, and his theater adaptations are still winning awards both locally and internationally. He is currently preparing TV adaptations of his novels. He lives in Zagreb, is married and a father of two children.
One on One: Kristian Novak
Abysmal and insulting for the entire Roma community. That is a Parliament representative described the novel and theater play Ciganin, ali najljepši. Even though critics have declared it a masterpiece, some think Črna mati zemla is ill-suited for obligatory literature in schools. The topics Kristian Novak delves into are our daily life, but even so, a look in the mirror can sometimes see too offensive. Are there discussions that should not be led? Can we move forward by turning our heads while agreeing with taboos? Or are Milena and Sandi the real heroes of our times? All this (and more) will be discussed in our One on One format, only at Weekend Media Festival.
tportal, Editor in Chief (Croatia)