MASCHA DABIĆ was born 1981 in Sarajevo and emigrated with her parents to Austria in 1992. Translation Studies (English and Russian) und Political Science at the University of Vienna. PhD in Translation Studies in 2017.

She works as a simultaneous translator (Dolmetscherin) for Asylum seekers and for international conferences since 2010 and is a senior lecturer for Simultaneous Translation Praxis at the University of Vienna.

Since 2015, she serves as Chair of the Association of Simultaneous Translators.

In 2016, she debuted with her novel Reibungsverluste, in which she tells about one day in the life of a translator who works in the office of a psychotherapist for refugees. This novel was nominated for the prestigious Franz-Tumler-Literature Prize and made the short list for the Austrian Bookprize “Debüt.”

In addition, Mascha Dabić translates literature from Serbo-Croation into German such as the works of Barbi Marković, Vladan Matijević, Srđan Valjarević, Jelena Mijović, Jelena Lengold, and Marija Knežević.

In April 2018, she was a participating author in the Third Austrian-American Podium Dialog at Lafayette
College, Easton, PA and gave a literature reading at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

Celebrating Trans(re)lations, Literature Reading by Mascha Dabić 2019 Max Kade writer-in-residence

Authored WORKS

Reibungsverluste. Roman. Edition Atelier, 2016.
Her short stories and essays are published in several German/Austrian and Bosnian/Croatian literary magazines.
Translations of novels (a selection):
Dragan Velikić: Jeder muss doch irgendwo sein. Hanser, 2017.
Barbara Marković: Superheldinnen. Roman. Residenz Verlag, 2016.
Emir Kusturica: Der Tod ist ein unbestätigtes Gerücht. Mein bisheriges Leben, Knaus, 2011.
Sreten Ugričić: An den unbekannten Helden, Dittrich Verlag, 2011.
Barbara Marković: Izlaženje, Suhrkamp Verlag, 2009.


Translation Award (Übersetzungsprämie) of the Austrian Chancellery (Bundeskanzleramt) in 2011, 2012,
2013, and 2014.
Start-Stipend for Literature from the Austrian Chancellery (Bundeskanzleramt) in 2015.
Franz-Tumler-Literaturpreis – Nomination für Reibungsverluste in 2017
Österreichischer Buchpreis – Nomination for “Shortlist Debüt“ für Reibungsverluste in 2017.