Vladimir Jokanović was born in Osijek in 1971. He started his medical studies in 1990 but as the clashes began he moved first to Zagreb and then to Belgrade. His family are now scattered across the world except for his mother, who stayed in Osijek under solid bombardment from federal forces. Jokanović finally moved to Novi Sad, Serbia, and completed his first novel there in 1994. He still lives in Novi Sad.