Predrag Matvejević (1932) was born in Mostar, ex-Yugoslavia (today – Bosnia-Herzegovina). His father is Russian, his mother is Croatian and he is a naturalized Italian citizen. And probably exactly that innate cosmopolitanism of his makes his famous production – “Mediterranean breviary: A Cultural Landscape” (1987) – so universal. This book has been reprinted many times and was translated into more than twenty languages. In many European countries, it was a bestseller.
Predrag Matvejević taught at the University of the New Sorbonne in Paris as well as in the Sapienza in Rome. He is a vice president of the International PEN center.