Hrvoje Ivančić (Zabok, 1983) completed primary and secondary school in his home town, and went to Zagreb to study history. While at university, he began to publish his first articles in the Croatian press. He has travelled the Near East, Africa and Asia. He has written reports and travel pieces from Uganda, Congo, South Sudan, India, Pakistan, Russia and war-ravaged Syria. His pieces have been published in the weekly magazines Globus, Novosti, Obzor, in the H-alter and Lupiga websites, and monthly magazines Meridijani, Drvo znanja, Playboy. He occasionally works with television stations.
He is the author of the travel series Path to Kathmandu and articles from Syria, and the documentary film on the fair-trade system in Uganda entitled Bead by bead. He writes travel stories, short stories and articles. He has held hundreds of lectures on geopolitical, historical and anthropological topics in libraries across Croatia. He has been a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, and the Philosophy Faculties at the Universities of Zagreb, Zadar and Rijeka, as well as a guest speaker at literary clubs in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. His travel novel Danube Blues won the Rikard Jorgovanić literary award.
He is also the author of the novel Samsara – Journey to the East. Za’atar is his third book, and deals with the ordinary man in the whirlwind of the Great Games in the Near East. Since 2015, Hrvoje Ivančić has been a member of the Croatian Writers’ Society. His stories have been published in literary magazines in Croatia and Poland.