A new interpretation-educational centre was opened in 2016 in the former “secret” bunker tunnels in the Paklenica National Park of the Southern Velebit mountain range. It features 2 educational corridors, including exhibitions about the Velebit mountains, the history of the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, a presentation centre, cafe, souvenir shop, interactive climbing displays and even an artificial climbing wall. Ideal for a family visit and also serious climbers who want to know more.
I provided all the English translations for the centre and the exhibitions in conjunction with Muze d.o.o.
Exhibition corridor – foto NP Paklenica
Interactive display of climbing knots – foto Muze
Presentation centre – foto NP Paklenica
Croatian Mountain Rescue Service display – foto Muze d.o.o.
Layout of Underground Secrets of Paklenica visitor centre.
I am honoured to have been involved in the exceptional project ‘Putovima Frankopana‘, as the Croatian to English translator. It details the lives, history, stories and influence of this very important aristocratic Croatian family from 12th-17th centuries. It features 17 castles, 3 sacral buildings and a superb visitor centre in Kraljevica.
The route covers Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, including the island of Krk.
The visitor centre is housed in the Frankopan castle at Kraljevica.
Two exhibition guides I translated for MMSU (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka). Milan Šober was a well respected photographer from Rijeka and this collection features images from the Rijeka environs in the 1950s – more info about the exhibition here. Ivan Marušić Klif is a modern experimenter in media using kinetic, light and video installations – more info about the exhibition here.
Milan Šober – Crtica iz riječke povijesti (A sketch from Rijeka’s photo-history) ISBN 978-953-8107-07-8
Ivan Marušić Klif – Novi radovi (New Works) ISBN 978-953-8107-10-8
This delightful, informative 56 page catalogue accompanies the ‘Priroda – laboratorij boja’ (‘Nature – the Laboratory of Colours’) exhibition at the Tehnički muzej – Nikola Tesla in Zagreb. The exhibition highlights the traditional use of natural colourants, dyes and limestone in the households of times past in Dalmatian Croatia.
The exhibition and workshops run from May – September 2016.
Visit the museum’s website and Facebook pages for more info.
Đurđica Ivančić Dusper’s overview of the traditions of the Crikvenica area is a lovely look back at the history of the culture, heritage and customs over the last 150 years. She also detailed many oral traditions and stories, saving them from being lost forever. If you are interested in the history of this little, but very important, region then this edition, which was published in 2012 in three languages (Croatian, English and German) is essential reading. I provided the English translation sections of the book for the publisher Centar za kulturu Dr. Ivan Kostrenčić.
You can find out more information and order a copy here.
‘Tragovi osmanske kulture u Hrvatskoj / Traces of Ottoman Culture in Croatia’ is an impressive dual language book by Anđelko Vlašić and Oğuz Aydemir. It details many aspects of Ottoman culture, heritage, architecture and language left throughout history on the territory of today’s Croatia. If features stunning photography of sites and buildings, original documents, illustrations and detailed information, and it serves as a reminder for the Turkish and Croatian public of the common heritage that the two countries share. I helped with some translation and the proofreading of the English language part of this superb book.
The 2015 edition – volume 8 of IKON – the annual journal of iconographic studies published by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka. This is a high quality, beautifully illustrated, publication examining the religious iconography of paintings, murals and ecclesiastical art history. It was my pleasure to work with the editor, Marina Vicelja-Matijašić, again in the proofreading of the English translations in this issue.
I am extremely proud to have been involved in the Cradles of European Culture project which involves nine of today’s European countries, which during the Early Middle Ages were part of the Kingdom of Francia Media (Middle Francia). The very impressive publication Swords, Crowns, Censers and Books is a contribution to this important project published by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Rijeka and edited by Marina Vicelja-Matijašić. Over 432 pages it details many archaeological sites and investigations throughout Europe, including the important Croatian site of Crkvina – Biskupija near Knin. I worked as the language editor on the English texts provided for the book by contributors from all over Europe.
For the first time ever Vladimir Nazor’s tale of the legendary giant Jože and his struggle against his oppressors, centred around the Istrian hilltop town of Motovun, is available in English. I am very proud to have translated this extremely important piece of Croatian literature. I was helped by Andrea Gnjato who gave me linguistic advice with some of the dialectic structure of Nazor’s writing.
This edition has been translated and prepared according to the edition of the Collected Works of Vladimir Nazor book no. 12 – Istarski Bolovi (Istrian Pains) which was most probably published in 1930. It includes the translation of Nazor’s original foreword in which he explains the origins of the story and the development of the character of Jože the giant.
It is published by Naklada Kvarner (ISBN 978-953-7773-55-7).
Contact Naklada Kvarner direct to order a copy: naklada.kvarner(at)ri.t-com.hr