The Mak Dizdar House

Mak Dizdar, born on October 17, 1917, in Stolac, is considered one of the greatest poets of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He spent most of his life in Sarajevo, where he passed away on the 14th of July, 1971. In 1966, he published the poetry book “Stone Sleeper,” which is regarded as the pinnacle of his entire literary work and one of the foundational pieces of literature in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Towards the end of his life, Dizdar wished to return to his hometown, but his desire was never fulfilled. However, in 1997, on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of his birth, the descendants of Mak Dizdar, gathered around the Mak Dizdar Foundation, decided to posthumously fulfill his wish and build the Mak House, a museum and gallery center dedicated to his life and work. The Mak House is not the birthplace or grave of Mak Dizdar; rather, it is conceived as something more subtle: a place where Mak’s spirit resides, living through his manuscripts, books, notes, as well as every poem and word he wrote. Moreover, due to Mak’s connection with the stećak, the Mak House also serves as a home for the art of the stećak. This includes not only scholarly works about the stećak and medieval Bosnia in the library of the Mak House but also art inspired by these unique medieval standing stones.


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