WONGAR, B. Australian author – an extraordinary life story

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Nest organised the promotion of a documentary film about the extraordinary life of Sreten Božić – Wongar, whose author is the cameraman Dragan Gavrilović – Gavro. Nest is grateful to Dragan for visiting Wongar and thus enabled him to personally greet everyone present via video message.

B Wongar is an Australian writer, who was born in 1932 as Sreten Božić in a small village near Aranđelovac, Serbia, then the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Sreten Božić began his schooling during World War II. His writing career began in the mid-1950s as a young journalist, writing poetry. He moved to Paris in 1957, France before migrating to Australia in 1960 when he began learning English…

Wongar began publishing his works in France, Germany and the United States, encouraged by Simone de Beauvoir, Samuel Beckett and many other famous authors (whom he met in Paris).

Since 1960, Wongar B. published 20 books. He still continues to write in his nineties, with the desire to complete his unique story in his last novel. He spent much of his life with Aboriginal people and thus became acquainted with their destiny, and their deep connection and great love for nature. Using his unique genre of writing, Wongar presented the fate of Australian Aborigines in his famous works.

His best novels are The Nuclear Quartet Valg, Karan, Gabo Djara, Raki and Mada, which brought him international recognition.

Today, Wongar lives with his dingo on his bush property in Gippsland, south of Melbourne.