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He studied Yugoslav and Serbian literature at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Philology. He works as a librarian in a city library in Žiča, very close to Žiča Monastery. He received the most prominent award in Serbian literature, the NIN Prize, in 2000, for his novel Ситничарница „Код срећне руке".
He first published the book of short prose, Advices for Easier Life (Савети за лакши живот, 1989), followed by the novel An Atlas Traced By the Sky (Атлас описан небом, 1993); then a collection of short stories, Island and Ambiental Stories (Острво и околне приче, 1996); again, novels (Siege of The Saint Salvation Church : Опсада цркве Светог Спаса, 1997; Smalltalk Place at "Lucky Shot" (Ситничарница „Код срећне руке", 2000); another collection of short stories, Close One (Ближњи, 2002); a selection of short writings in prose, Everything I Know About Time (Све што знам о времену, 2003); and a drama, Ferry (Скела, 2004).
Goran Petrović has won the Borislav Pekić Fund Scholarship; the "Prosveta Award"; the "Meša Selimović Award"; as well as various other awards: the "Charter of Rača", "Golden Bestseller" and "Vital Award"; the National Library of Serbia Award; the "Most widely read Book Award" (NIN, 2001); the "October Award of the City of Kraljevo"; finally, the "Borisav Stanković Award".