Borisav Stankovic
Borisav "Bora" Stanković (writer) (Борисав Бора Станковић) (born in Vranje
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 31 March 1876, died in Belgrade
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 October 22, 1927) was a Serbia
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n writer belonging to the school of realism
Literary realism
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. His novels and short stories
Short Stories
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 depict the life of people from South Serbia. He belongs to an exceptional group of storytellers that suddenly appeared at the turn of the century, Ivo Čipiko, Petar Kočić
Petar Kocic
Petar Kočić was a Serb prose writer and politician from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was active in the Serbian National Organization with ties to the Mlada Bosna revolutionaries, after which he seceded with his closest supporters leading a wing under his leadership.Like both Borisav Stanković, who...

, Milutin Uskoković, and others.


He completed the primary and secondary school
Secondary school
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 in Vranje
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, and graduated from the University of Belgrade
University of Belgrade
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's Law School
University of Belgrade Faculty of Law
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. It is said that he received some Western education -- Paris -- but returned unaffected to his native soil and subsequently immortalized it in his work. He worked as a clerk (first customs official then tax
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 official) in Belgrade. During World War I
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 he resided in Niš
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, then in Montenegro
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 where he was taken captive by the Austrians and incarcerated in a PoW camp in Derventa
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 in Bosnia. After the war he worked in the Department of Arts of the Ministry of Education
Ministry of Education
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. He died at Belgrade in 1927.

His Work

His best work, the novel
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 Impure Blood (Nečista krv) is about the plight of a young woman unable to free herself from the old customs and restrictions. The drama
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 Koštana, written in 1902, is a delightful musical about the sway a beautiful gypsy girl holds over an entire town. In practically all his works Stanković presents unusually strong characters who are at the same time victrims of a strange weakness stemming from the realization that their time has irrevocably passed. It is said that he is the most important late Serbian realist, who interconnected poetic and narrative procedures in a complex manner and departed so significantly from realist canon that his prose is regarded as transitional.

His other main works are: short story collections, Iz starog jevandjelja (From an Old Gospel, 1899), Stari dani (The Old Days, 1902), and Božji ljudi (God's Children, 1902); and a play
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Tašana (1910).

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