Miodrag Pavlovic
Miodrag Pavlović was born on 28 November 1928 in Novi Sad
Novi Sad
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, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. He graduated from the University of Belgrade
University of Belgrade
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 with a degree in medicine
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 in 1954. He studied foreign languages and has written his first volume of poetry, 87 Poems. It appeared in 1952, the year the Yugoslav authorities, responding to a public address by the Croatian writer Miroslav Krleža
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, allowed more freedom of expression in politics and the arts.

In 1960 Pavlović was appointed director of drama at the National Theatre in Belgrade
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. He also worked for twenty years as editor for the leading publishing house of Prosveta.

A theme occupying Pavlović and many other intellectuals in the former Yugoslavia
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, Romania
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, Bulgaria
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, Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
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, Greece and Albania
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, is the continuity between the ancient peoples of the Balkans
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 and their modern-day descendants. In Pavlović's work as well as in that of the Macedonian poet Bogomil Gyuzel or the Albanian writer Ismail Kadare
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, there are frequent references to the ancient and medieval past. Among his historical poems, most important ones are ‘Odisej na Kirkinom ostrvu’ (‘Odysseus on Circe's Island’), ‘Eleuzijske seni’ (‘Elysian Shades’), ‘Vasilije II Bugaroubica’ (‘Vasily II Bugaroctone’) and ‘Kosovo’.

These poems are often allegorical in nature, referring in fact to our own times, with their tales of manipulation, deceit and, especially, fear. Written directly in the present are such poems as ‘Prisoner’ (untitled in the Serbian original), ‘Requiem’, ‘Strah’ (‘Fear’), ‘Pod zemlyom’ (‘Under the Ground’) and ‘Kavge’ (‘Feud’).


Pavlovic was twice nominated for the Nobel Literature Prize, and has received many literary prizes and honours in Yugoslavia and abroad. His work has been widely translated. He currently lives alternately in Tuttlingen
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 (Germany) and Belgrade
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In 1985 he was elected a member of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
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's Language and Literature Section.

He received many decorations and prizes, including:
  • European prize for poetry, city of Münster
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  • European prize for poetry, city of Vršac
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  • Struga Poetry Evenings award
  • Order of St. Sava
  • Ramonda Serbica
  • Crown of Despot Stefan Lazarević
  • Tador Manojlovic award
  • Desanka Maksimović
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  • Dis's award
  • Odzivi Filipu Višnjiću award
  • Stefan Prvovenčani admission
  • Vuk's award
  • Žička hrisovulja admission for poetry
  • Branko Miljkovic award
  • Zmaj's award
  • Izviiskra Njegoševa award, for life work

In Serbian

  • 87 pesama, Novo pokolenje, Beograd, 1952.
  • Stub sećanja, Novo pokolenje, Beograd, 1953.
  • Oktave, Nolit, Beograd, 1957.
  • Mleko iskoni, Prosveta, Beograd, 1963.
  • 87 pesama (izbor poezije), Nolit, Beograd, 1963.
  • Velika Skitija, Svjetlost, Sarajevo, 1969.
  • Nova Skitija, izd. časopisa "Književnost", Beograd, 1970.
  • Hododarje, Nolit, Beograd, 1971.
  • Svetli i tamni praznici, Matica srpska, Novi Sad, 1971.
  • Velika Skitija i druge pesme (izabrane i nove pesme), SKZ, Beograd, 1972.
  • Zavetine, Rad, Beograd, 1976.
  • Karike, Svetlost, Kragujevac, 1977.
  • Pevanja na Viru, Slovo ljubve, Beograd, 1977.
  • Bekstva po Srbiji, Slovo ljubve, Beograd, 1979.
  • 87 pesama, Dečje novine, Gornji Milanovac, 1979 (treće izdanje).
  • Izabrane pesme, Rad, Beograd, 1979.
  • Vidovnica, Narodna knjiga, Beograd, 1979.
  • Poezija I i Poezija II, u okviru Izabranih dela Miodraga Pavlovića, "Vuk Karadžić", Beograd, 1981.
  • Divno čudo, Nolit, Beograd, 1982.
  • Zlatna zavada, Gradina, Niš, 1982.
  • Sledstvo, SKZ, Beograd, 1985.
  • Poezija, Prosveta, Beograd, 1986.
  • Svetogorski dani i noći, Jedinstvo, Priština, 1987.
  • Odbrana našeg grada, Smederevska pesnička jesen, Naš glas, Smederevo, 1989.
  • Ulazak u Kremonu, Nolit, Beograd, 1989.
  • Knjiga staroslovna, SKZ, Beograd, 1989; 1991 (drugo izdanje).
  • Bezazlenstva, Milić Rakić, Valjevo, 1989.
  • On, Bratstvo-jedinstvo, Novi Sad, 1989.
  • Divno čudo, NIRO "Književne novine", Beograd, 1989 (drugo izdanje).
  • Kosmologia profanata, Grafos, Beograd, 1990.
  • Esej o čoveku, KOV, Vršac, 1992.
  • Pesme o detinjstvu i ratovima, SKZ, Beograd, 1992.
  • Knjiga horizonta, Prosveta, Beograd, 1993.
  • Nebo u pećini, Krajinski književni krug, Negotin, 1993.
  • Međustepenik, KOV, Vršac, 1994.
  • Ulazak u Kremonu, GNB "Žarko Zrenjanin" i Zenit", Zrenjanin, 1995 (drugo izdanje).
  • Bekstva po Srbiji i Sledstva, "Valjevska štamparija", Valjevo, 1995.
  • Nebo u pećini, Disovo proleće, Čačak, 1996 (drugo izdanje).
  • Izabrane i nove pesme, Prosveta, Beograd, 1996.
  • Novo ime kletve, SKC, Beograd, 1996.
  • Posvećenje pesme (izbor iz poezije), Prosveta, Niš, 1996.
  • Izabrane pesme, Zavod za udžbenike i nastavna sredstva, Beograd, 1996.
  • Velika Skitija i druge pesme (izabrane i nove pesme), SKZ, Beograd, 1996 (drugo izdanje).
  • Srbija do kraja veka (izabrane pesme), Zadužbina Desanke Maksimović, Narodna biblioteka Srbije i SKZ, Beograd, 1996.

  • Most bez obala, Matica srpska, Novi Sad, 1956., 1982.
  • Bitni ljudi, Prosveta, Beograd, 1995.

  • Rokovi poezije, SKZ, Beograd, 1958.
  • Osam pesnika, Prosveta, Beograd, 1964.
  • Dnevnik pene, Slovo ljubve, Beograd, 1972.
  • Poezija i kultura, Nolit, Beograd, 1974.
  • Poetika modernog, Grafos, Beograd, 1978. (nagrada "Đorđe Jovanović")
  • Ništitelji i svadbari, BIGZ, Beograd, 1979.
  • Nove slikarske godine Miće Popovića, "Merkur", Apatin, 1979.
  • Eseji o srpskim pesnicima i Poetika modernog", Beograd, 1981.
  • Prirodni oblik i lik, Nolit, Beograd, 1984.
  • Slikarstvo Mladena Srbinovića, SANU, Beograd, 1985.
  • Obredno i govorno delo, Prosveta, Beograd, 1986.
  • Poetika žrtvenog obreda, Nolit, Beograd, 1987. (Nolitova nagrada)
  • Govor o ničem, Gradina, Niš, 1987.
  • Hram i preobraženje, Sfairos, Beograd, 1989.
  • Čitanje zamišljenog, Bratstvo-jedinstvo, Novi Sad, 1990.
  • Eseji o srpskim pesnicima, SKZ, Beograd, 1992.
  • Ogledi o narodnoj i staroj srpskoj poeziji, SKZ, Beograd, 1993.
  • Poetika žrtvenog obreda, SKC, Beograd, 1996 (drugo izdanje)

  • Igre bezimenih, Prosveta, Beograd, 1963.
  • Koraci u podzemlju, Matica srpska, Novi Sad, 1991.

  • Kina - oko na putu, izd. časopisa "Gradina", Niš, 1982, SKC, Beograd, 1995
  • Putevi do hrama, Prosveta, Niš, 1991.
  • Otvaraju se hilandarske dveri, Prosveta, Beograd, 1997.

  • Antologija moderne engleske poezije (sa Sv. Brkićem), Nolit, Beograd, 1957. i 1975.
  • Antologija srpskog pesništva od XIII do XX veka, SKZ, Beograd, 1964.
  • Pesništvo evropskog romantizma, Prosveta, Beograd, 1969., 1979.
  • Antologija lirske narodne poezije, Vuk Karadžić, Beograd, 1982.; "Književne novine", Beograd, 1989.
  • Boj na Kosovu, Narodne pesme, Prosveta, Niš, 1989.

In other languages

Books of poems
  • Sobowtóry, PIW, Warszava, 1964.
  • Gedichte, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main, 1968.
  • La voix sous la pierre, Gallimard, Paris, 1970.
  • Karanici, Misla, Skopje, 1971.
  • Versuri, Editura Univers, Bucureşti, 1972.
  • Po~iatok básne, Slovensky spisovatel, Bratislava, 1973
  • The Conqueror in Constantinople, New Rivers Press, New York, 1976.
  • Svetli in temni prazniki, Dr`avna zalo`ba Slovenije, Ljubljana, 1977
  • Pesmi, Mladinska knjiga, Ljubljana, 1977.
  • Jasne i ciemne swieta, Wydawnictvo Literackie, Kraków, 1980.
  • Tren wojownika, Wydawnictvo Lódzkie, Lód`, 1982.
  • Singing at the Whirlpool, Exile Editions, Toronto, 1983
  • The Slavs beneath Parnassus, Angel Books, New Rivers Press, London, 1985.
  • A Voice Locked in Stone, Exile Editions, Toronto, 1985.
  • Suite, Les Cahiers du Confluent, Montereau, 1986.
  • Le miracle divin, Editions L’Age d'Homme, Lausanne, 1988
  • Fényes és esötét ünnepek, Európa, Budapest, 1988.
  • Gloria reversului, Libertatea, Novi Sad, 1989.
  • Links, Exile Editions, Toronto, 1989.
  • NoÈen polet, Narodna kultura, SofiÔ, 1989.
  • Gesänge auf dem Wirbel, Hölderlinturm, Tübingen, 1990.
  • Svetli i temni praznici, Makedonska kniga, Skopje, 1990.
  • Die Tradition der Finsternis, ALKYON VERLAG, Weissach im Tal, 1994.
  • Buch der Horizonte, Atempto Verlag, Tübingen, 1995.

Prose and other works
  • Kroky ve vedlejim pokoji, Odeon, Praha, 1967.
  • Hid a sammibe, Europa K., Budapest, 1969.
  • Mit i poezja, Wydawnictvo Literackie, Kraków, 1979
  • Opfer und Tempel, Droschl Verlag, Graz-Wien, 1993.

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