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Zaim Topčić (28 February 1920 – 15 July 1990) was a Bosnian writer, renowned for his novels. He is one of the few writers who have twice won the Annual Award of the Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, for novels Lump of Sun and Black Snows (his son Zlatko Topčić is also a double winner of this prestigious award).[1]

Zaim Topčić
Zaim Topčić
Zaim Topčić
Born(1920-02-28)28 February 1920
Glamoč, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died15 July 1990(1990-07-15) (aged 70)
Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
Notable awardsThe Annual Award of the Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lump of Sun (1958)
Black Snows (1962)
SpouseNaila Topčić
ChildrenZlatko Topčić
Vesna Topčić



Early life and familyEdit

Topčić was born in Glamoč on 28 February 1920 and lived most of his life in Sarajevo with his wife Naila. His wife was a member of the famous Selimić family (her grandfather was a municipal councilor, landowner, benefactor and philanthropist Zaim-beg Selimić, who was the owner of the Kravica waterfall).

He graduated from Faculty of Economics of the University of Belgrade.


Zaim Topčić actively participated in the World War II in Yugoslavia from the beginning of 1941, on the Partisans side. After the liberation he was editor of the Sarajevo radio station. He was the Secretary General of the then "Udruženje književnika Bosne i Hercegovine" (now the "Društvo pisaca Bosne i Hercegovine", whose founder, Secretary General, from 1993 to 2001, and a Board member, from 2006 to 2010, was his son Zlatko).

He is the author of important historical novel Country of Heretics. Professor Enes Duraković has included it in the edition of 100 books of Bosniak literature. Topčić has published a collections of stories Above the Abyss and Towards the Day, novels Lump of Sun, Black Snows, Sea Between Poplars, Country of Heretics, Obtained World, Man Hunt Jasenovac and Valter, Matoš, drama Shadows of Autumn and travelogues Panorama of Our Time.

Personal lifeEdit

He lived in Sarajevo with his wife Naila, son Zlatko and daughter Vesna. As a communist, he was trapped in the Jasenovac concentration camp in 1943. One street on Ilidža is called "Ulica Zaima Topčića" ("Street of Zaim Topčić"). He was a great friend with Ivo Andrić.


Collections of storiesEdit

  • Above the Abyss, 1952
  • Towards the Day, 1955


  • Lump of Sun (Grumen sunca, 1958)
  • Black Snows (Crni snjegovi, 1962)
  • Sea Between Poplars (More među jablanima, 1966)
  • Country of Heretics (Zemlja heretika, 1972)
  • Obtained World (Dobijeni svijet, 1979)
  • Man Hunt Jasenovac (Ljudolovka Jasenovac, 1985)
  • Valter, Matoš


  • Shadows of Autumn


  • Panorama of Our Time, 1958


  • Annual Award of Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina for novel Lump of Sun, 1958
  • Annual Award of Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina for novel Black Snows, 1962
  • 27th July Award

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "SLOŽNA UREDNIČKA BRATIJA". October 13, 1989. Retrieved July 31, 2015.