Nada Gašić (Maribor, 1950) graduated in Sociology and Yugoslav Studies (now Croatian Studies) at the University of Zagreb. She worked as a lecturer at Charles University in Prague, and from 1976 to 1978 she held a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. In the early 1990s she collaborated on Vladimir Anić’s Dictionary of the Croatian Language, which now enjoys a cult status in Croatia. She also worked as an editor and translator.
In 2007 she published her first novel Quiet Street, an Avenue of Trees which was shortlisted for all the literary prizes in Croatia and received the Croatian Writers’ Society prize for best first novel of the year. Her second novel, Water, Spider’s Web (2010), was awarded the prestigious City of Zagreb prize in 2011 and the Vladimir Nazor Award, the most important Croatian prize for the arts.