Kristian Novak (Baden-Baden, 1979) graduated in Croatian and German Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb in 2005 and earned his PhD from Postgraduate Linguistics Studies in 2011. He holds a lectureship with the Department of Croatian Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka and teaches at the Department of German Studies in Zagreb. Novak’s chief areas of research include historical sociolinguistics, multilingualism (Croatian–German language and culture contacts) and national identity.
Kristian Novak was standard member of Croatian karate national team from 1996 to 2009, winning a range of individual and team awards at national and global karate championships.
His highly acclaimed second novel Črna mati zemla (2013) was shortlisted for the Kiklop Award in 2013 and named the best fictional prose of the year by Jutarnji list. The novel won the 2014 T-portal Prize for best novel in 2013. His novel Gypsy, But the Most Beautiful (2016) was awarded with Fran Galović Award, Ksaver Šandor Gjalski Award and T-portal prize.