PROF. DR JOVAN DELIĆ’S SPEECH ON THE OCCASION OF 150 YEARS SINCE THE BIRTH OF ALEKSA ŠANTIĆ

4. July 2018.

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Last night in the Andrić Institute, and as a part of the Book Fair in Andrićgrad, Prof. Jovan Delić, from the Faculty of Philology of the University of Belgrade, held a speech about Aleksa Šantić. The speech was dedicated to marking 150 years since the birth of the famous Serbian poet from Mostar.

Before the very beginning of the word, Delić emphasized the importance of unveiling on Vidovdan (St. Vitus Day) the monument to Mehmed Paša and the Patriarch Makarije, the Sokolović brothers, for whom Delić claims to originate from Piva. He pointed out that Emir Kusturica, with this monument, did a lot to reconcile and overcome all that divides peoples in this region.

Delić spoke about Aleksa Šatnić as one of the very best poets, but also as an absolute recorder in the number of written sonnets.

During this speech in the audience were present students from Republic of Srpska and Serbia, they were a part of the now already traditional Summer School Academy “Andrić” which lasts as much as the Book Fair in Andrićgrad itself.

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