Meša Selimović was born on 26. April 1910. in Tuzla.In his hometown he finished elementary school and gymnasium.
In 1930.he signed in on a study group of Serb-croatian language and Yugoslovenian literature on Faculty of arts in Belgrade.After he finished studyies on Faculty of arts in Belgrade,until the beginning of World war II,he worked as a gymnasium professor in his hometown.
He was imprisoned in 1942. and was on free teritory in 1943.He participated in the fight against the occupators 'till the end of the war.
After the war,he worked one period of time as a university teacher in Sarajevo.Then he does a series of important duties and functions in culture(he was director of Bosnia-movie,director of the National theatre and,finally,the main and responsible editor in publishing firm "Svjetlost" in Sarajevo).
Because of silenced conflict with political managment in B&H,manifested by particular acts,statements and titles,he leaves Sarajevo and goes to Belgrade.He continues with publishing his works.He was a prose writter with variety of theme and genre orientation.He began with literary work relatively late,prose with war thematics,so afterwards he can concentrate his literary work on reflexion and universal themes:man,his existence and destiny.
His literary opus contains:.
- "Prva četa" (1950)
- "Tuđa zemlja" (1957)
studije i eseje:
- "Tišine" (1961)
- "Magla i mjesečina" (1965)
- "Derviš i smrt" (1966)
- "Tvrđava" (1970)
- "Ostrvo" (1974)
- "Za i protiv Vuka" (1967)
- "Eseji i ogledi" (1966)
His autobiography work "Sjećanja"(1957) speaks about the writter's life,literary work and some literary and cultural events and persons.
He achieved full success with his novel "Derviš i smrt"(1966).This novel won all major home literary awards.Afterwards,there is also significant novel "Tvrđava"(1970).
These works are being translated and published also in other countries.
Selimović died in Belgrade,1982.