VIPs of New Zagreb
New Zagreb (Novi Zagreb in Croatian) is the part of the City of Zagreb (Croatia) located south of the Sava river.
It is mostly residential, consisting of blocks of flats and tower blocks that were built during the Socialist era (1945–1990). During this time, it grew in many neighborhoods, each special in its way and each of them with its own neighborhood VIP that never walked on any red carpet, but that didn't hurt their importance.
New Zagreb is where I grew up, and long coffee sittings in neighborhood bars brought to my attention people that everyone knew, people that were appreciated and valuable for the Croatian culture and academic world. Some acknowledged locally, but many nationally and with my friend Pera Kraljic Podrug, an artist and artisan, decided to take them out of their neighborhoods.
Tom Podrug was born in 1931 in Solin, a small town in the south of Croatia. He studied at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, where he graduated in comparative literature.
He later worked as an editor at Croatian Radio in Zagreb. Until today, writing is his workplace with over 20 published books that vary among poetry, short stories, and prose, some of them rewarded.
Lately, along with his writing, he took on drawing, often inspired by the wast literature that surrounded him all of his life. You can see some of his drawings on @pismocrt.
Few facts about Toma:
- Olympia typewriter: smuggled out of Germany, he has been writing with his two fingers all his life.
- On the lamp on his desk is the greatest poem about freedom written by Ivan Gundulić "O slobodi" (On Freedom)
- His statement:
"When you look at yourself is as if you are looking into infinity. It is proof that we are eternal."
"Everything is a game; everything is revealed in the game."
"Blockage is bridged by waiting. With patience."
- The two of the most important places in New Zagreb are the Museum of Contemporary Art and the mountain of garbage.