We asked Tomislav Tomašević what his five favorite books are

TOMISLAV Tomašević was born in Zagreb on January 13, 1982. He spent his early childhood with his mother Ivanka, father Smiljan and brother Tihomir in the Zapruđe district of Zagreb, after which the family moved to Zaprešić. At the age of 20, he returned to Zagreb, where he lived independently in various city districts – from Trnje through Donji grad to Trešnjevka.

He finished elementary school in Zaprešić. He attended Zagreb’s Seventh Gymnasium in Križanićeva, and in 2000 he enrolled at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, which he left in the third year when he realized that he was much more interested in studying social change and participating in it. Therefore, in 2006 he enrolled at the Faculty of Political Science and completed a four-year undergraduate and immediately after that a graduate study of political science. With the help of a full scholarship, he went to the British University of Cambridge, where in 2013 he received his master’s degree in the field of environment, society and development, after which he returned to his native Zagreb.

Tomasevic was the leader of the Green Action, and now he is a potential candidate for mayor of Zagreb and one of the protectors of the green-left coalition Mozemo, which intends to enter parliament for the first time in this parliamentary election.

These are Tomašević’s five favorite books

Heroes of Pavlova Street – Ferenc Molnar

It’s my favorite children’s book. It deals in an interesting way with the issues of poverty, social justice, friendship, violence and even death. When I read it as a child, I lived in Zaprešić, in a building next to a construction site that served as a scene of conflict for children from the settlement. We from the “blue building” defended him from the children from the “brown building”. And we eventually lost our construction site and playground as well as the heroes of Pavlova Street due to the construction of the new building.

Hotel Zagorje – Ivana Bodrozic

Favorite book about the context of growing up in the war and transition in the 1990s in Croatia. Ivana is close to me today and politically, but few people know that we went to the same high school. We knew each other as punks and alternatives who were class to class, but it wasn’t until ten years later, after she published the book, that I realized what she went through growing up. The experience described in the novel is still an important topic today, as indicated by the fact that the novel was recently staged on theatrical boards.

Grička vještica – Marija Jurić Zagorka

This extensive novel cycle is an important reading experience for me because as a kid I learned a lot about the history of Zagreb and its surroundings, but also about gender equality and feminism through the story of the persecution of witches in Zagreb. Unfortunately, when I see that the election campaign in 2020 is still conducted over the issue of women’s rights and that fundamentalists want to return the position of women to the 18th century, I understand that Zagorka is very relevant.

Rebel Cities – David Harvey

My favorite “scientific” book written in a drinkable way about the critique of the neoliberal development of the city, which is a topic that I have dealt with a lot of research and science. The book was written by one of the most cited geographers and authors in general in the social sciences in the world – David Harvey. It is popular among urban social movements around the world, and it is interesting that it mentions the Right to the City in Zagreb, which David heard about when he was a guest at the Subversive Festival in the now destroyed Kino Europa in Varšavska Street.

Wittgenstein’s poker – David Edmonds, John Eidinow

Favorite easier reading that tells of a short but turbulent meeting of two famous philosophers – Karl Popper and Ludwig Wittgenstein. The meeting took place at the University of Cambridge. I read it during my studies and visited the hall where the meeting took place. The book was written by two journalists, interweaving in a very interesting way the biographies of two philosophers and the history of science and the main philosophical debate of the 20th century. Interesting, fun and instructive.

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