Faruk Šehić was born in 1970 in Bihac. Until the outbreak of war in 1992, Šehić studied Veterinary Medicine in Zagreb. However, at 22 he 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 created his own literary works. He is regarded as one of the most gifted young writers in the former Yugoslavia, a shining light of the so-called “knocked-over generation”. His debut novel Knjiga o Uni (2011; translated as Quiet Flows the Una) was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature in 2013, and was published in 14 countries. Based in Sarajevo, Faruk works as a columnist and journalist for the respected political magazine BH Dani.