Amela Marin
Amela Marin

This Is My Bio

My dad, a flamenco guitarist met my mom, an aspiring Irish poet when she was on holiday in Spain. They fell madly in love, but her parents opposed this unlikely union...

No, This Is My Bio

I was born in Dubrovnik, "pearl of the Adriatic" and grew up in Napoli, Dubrovnik and Sarajevo. After living through the three years of war in the besieged city, and working as a translator, journalist, manager of the British Council Center, as well as Susan Sontag’s assistant on the production of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, I moved to Bari, Italy in 1995, and then to Toronto, Canada in 1996. 

I've translated novels, philosophical essays, poetry and short stories from English into Bosnian (among others, works by Saul Bellow, Lawrence Durrell, Richard Rorty, Susan Sontag, Bernard Malamud, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates and Joseph Heller). My translations of Bosnian poetry were published in Salmagundi, TLS, The Paris Review, Canadian Forum, Exile etc. I also translated films and dramas for Sarajevo television and for the stage.

My writing appeared in magazines in former Yugoslavia, as well as Poetry Today, Meta, Gastronomica, Descant, PRISM International, BBC Radio and Radio Netherlands. "The Unbearable Lightness of Wartime Cuisine", a memoir about food during wartime, was included in The Gastronomica Reader, edited by Darra Goldstein and published by University of California Press. My novella, The Sea, was published in 2010 by Quattro Books.

It doesn’t really matter how the story of my life goes, or how I can interpret my love of languages, Irish poets, Spanish artists and flamenco. Over the years, I’ve realized that my origins are much broader than both my real and my imaginary ones, as I kept discovering new languages, poets, artists, musical genres and many wonderful people, places and things. Now I am a little bit from everywhere.

In short, I was born and I am living to the best of my abilities, with all the usual ups and downs that life bestows upon us. And a few not so usual ones, but those have found their way into my writing, so I’ll just leave them there.

On the Earth one sees all sorts of things.”

“But I have not much time. I have friends to discover, and a great many things
to understand.
— The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry
Amela by Luna 2017