Mehmedalija Mak Dizdar
on August 23, 2010
Mehmedalija "Mak" Dizdar ( 17 October 1917 - 16 July 1971) was one of the greatest poets of the 2nd half of the 20th century.
Mak Dizdar was born and completed elementary school in Stolac, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1936, Dizdar relocated to Sarajevo where he attended and graduated from the Gymnasium. Dizdar spent his World War II years as a supporter of the Communist Partisans. He moved frequently from place to place in order to avoid the NDH authorities' attention.
After the war, Dizdar was a prominent figure in the cultural life of Bosnia and Herzegovina, working as the editor-in-chief of the daily Oslobođenje (Liberation). He served as head of a few state-sponsored publishing houses and eventually became a professional writer and the President of the Writers' Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a post he held until his death.