Publication of Croatian adventurer Ivan Dogic’s book on Iranian children

TEHRAN — Croatian adventurer Ivan Dogic’s illustrated book on Iranian children was recently published in Zagreb, Croatia.

Dogic visited Iran in 2016 for the first time. During his second trip to the country, he met Iranian tour guide Fariba Fadai, whom he married, and together they now live in the central Iranian city of Isfahan.

“Children of Iran” (“Djeca Irana”) was published by Kreativna Mreza in collaboration with the Croatian-Iranian Society – Irandustan, a non-governmental society founded in 2016 to promote comprehensive cooperation between the Croatian and Iranian peoples.

The graphic and artistic design of the book is done by Aleksandra Nina Knezevic, who worked on the cover of the Bosnian edition of the Harry Potter series.

“Children of Iran” is one of the books in Kreativna’s “Window to the World” book series. It also features studies of children from Egypt, Central Asia, and several other regions.

The book was presented in Irandustan on June 23 at a meeting attended by Dogic and a number of Croatian and Iranian scholars, including Azra Abadzic Navaey, Fariba Fadai and Ana Djokic. The meeting was organized with contributions from the Croatian Ministry of Culture and Media.

Dogic, who visited Iran in 2018, also presented “Iran in the present” (“Iran u Prezentu”), his first book on Iran, and “Children of Iran” during a session at the Popovaca Library and Reading Room in Zagreb in June. 28.

However, his speech focused on “Iran in the Present”, which he wrote in Fariba’s grandfather’s village during the first lockdown.

In this book, Dogic talks about his own experience of life in Iran, the cultural and mental differences, a rich and interesting history and geography, and life under restrictive sanctions and rules.

The public was very interested in how Fariba’s family accepted him and how he adapted to the food and the mentality.

In his response, Dogic said that Fariba’s family had accepted him wonderfully and he had no pressure from tradition.

Regarding the food, he says it is Mediterranean and light, and that it was not difficult for him to get used to it.

Ultimately, he noted that life in Iran is different enough from that in Croatia that every day is very interesting, and that his goal is for other visitors to the country to see it as well.

“Iran Now” was awarded the Nagrada Dijana Klaric at the 2021 Croatian Travel Festival. The award is given to the best travel book of the year at the festival, which is held annually in Sibenik, a town on the Adriatic coast of Croatia.

Photo: A poster for Croatian adventurer Ivan Dogic’s illustrated book “Children of Iran” (“Djeca Irana”).

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