Ratko Cvetnić (Zagreb, 1957) studied Art History and Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. Other than being an author, translator and publicist, he has been working as a professional sports official at the Zagreb Sport Association. He published three novels: Short Outing (1996), Half-Asleep (2009) and History of the Institute (2013) that deal with the subject of the Croatian Homeland War and recent Croatian history.
For his novels Short Outing and Half-Asleep he received Ksaver Šandor Gjalski Award for best prose work. In 2016, he was inaugurated in the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts for his contribution to literature.