Adnan became a refugee of war in 1993 and wound up in Sweden. He has a doctorate degree in English literature and master of fine arts degree in creative writing. He is a lecturer and writer-in-residence at the Department of English, Stockholm University. His stories have dealt with contemporary European history and the issues of identity and home for Bosnian refugees. His works include Thinner Than a Hair (novel), How to Fare Well and Stay Fair (short stories), and Ways of Being Free (literary criticism).