28. January 2018.


Today in Andrićgrad a member of the jury for awarding the “Grand Prize Ivo Andrić” Emir Kusturica said that the Andrić Institute awards for the third time people whose life and work are in accordance with what the jury read, that is, with their works.

“The prize was won by our great contemporaries, one from a distant point – Chinese writer Yu Hua, and one from a very close – Serbian writer Borisav Bora Đorđević, and that is why the our pleasure is greater. The most important thing for the prize is who got it and that is why we decided that they will be this year’s laureates,” said Kusturica.

In addressing visitors and laureates at today’s awarding the “Grand Prize Ivo Andrić” at the Andrić Institute, Kusturica said that there was something in the Serbian tradition that did not have any nation in the world, which was the answer to the question how the first Serbian revolution in 1804 actually occurred. year when there was no middle class.

“An English travel writer and our historians claim that there are no nation that remembered the heroic song, nor have there a nation which consciousness is created precisely in this way. There is a continuation of this literature, which in some way was oral and, with the advent of technology, ideally fit into the time of television.

However, in the column of creators who were smarter than those “dead blowers” who wrote the verses, which nobody ever read, and such are the ones most precious, Duško Radović, who with his wit and witticism knew how to write the whole novel i just one sentence. Also Duško Trifunović, who devoted his entire life to rock and roll, and almost never mentioned it,” Kusturica pointed out.

He said that rock and roll, in general, with film and jazz, was the greatest invention of the 20th century, which could survive for so long only in perfect lyrics.

“Radović made a novel from the daily banality and turned the banality into art, in order to sense the eternal theme and in some way stimulate the idea that a person thinks,” Kusturica pointed out.

On the other hand, he says, there is openness of that former Yugoslavia, and of Serbia today to the whole world, especially to remote points. “This time in China we have found a kind of literary fraternity, that is, a man who learned to suffer almost as much as we, if not more, and from this a great literature has grown,” said Kusturica.

When we compare ourselves with the rest of the world, he says, we do not lag behind them, even in what Nobel Prizes writes as an explanation for why a rocker got the prize, and not a writer who could also be good, he just did not get it.

“That is also what happened this time. The awards were won by our great contemporaries from a distant point, and one from very near one. And our pleasure is even greater because we are awarding for the third time, and this is the most important thing for the award – who got it, the people whose life and work are in accordance with what we read and decided in the end to award them ‘The Great Prize Ivo Andrić’,” emphasized Kusturica.

The narrative art of writer Yu Hua was spoken by the president of the jury, Professor Jovan Delić, in the article “Close Stories from the Far East”, in which he presented three novels of this Chinese writer.

“The avant-garde narration reminds us of Yu Hua’s trust in human speech and conversation. His novels are written precisely as people speak,” Delić pointed out.

According to him, Yu Hua has expressed a critical attitude towards reality, but his prose can not be explained or interpreted only in social relations.

“On the contrary, the most valuable thing in it is what is above the social level in achieving universal values and maintaining life as a superior value in seemingly small things, in the portion of fried pork liver and a bottle of yellow wine,” said Delić.

The story, he says, is what remains behind a man, behind death, what is remembered, what always means something and tells us a lot about man, the story is also what postpones and abolishes death.

“That is what Yu Hua does in his novels. It is one of the basic poetical beliefs of this writer that is similar to our Ivo Andrić, with whose name we are rewarding him today ,” Delić assessed.

The president of the Board of the Andrić Institute, writer Matija Bećković, said that Savindan (Saint Sava Day), Andrićgrad and today’s awarding ceremony of the “Grand Prize Ivo Andrić” deserves a deeper and more based word than the one he can say.

“I am struggling that it is impossible at this time to pay off such a debt and at the same time make up for everything that has been missed to say and “take away the cobweb from the eyes” of our cultural reality and the artificial evaluation of artists and art. We can not exaggerate the Andrićgrad and his pre-emptive mission, and in the praise of the jury who gave himself to one recognized, cultural phenomenon, and brought a turning, far-reaching decision that ruins all the prejudices and stereotypes to date,” Bećković pointed out at the ceremony of awarding the “Grand Prize Ivo Andrić “.

Bećković said that this decision of the jury overwhelmed living and never-ending Petrović Rastko and Branko, and Rastko Nemanjić and Petar II Petrović Njegoš and Ivo Andrić and a countless number of those who are happy with the Bora Đorđević’s verses.

“What are the gusle if they are not a future guitar and what is Filip Višnjić if he is not future Bora Đorđević who has revenged to so many reckoning teachers of paper and parents of dead letters on paper, connecting the melody and word, music and poetry, politics and poetics, he and his comrades returned poetry to a lost million audience. That is why it is rightfully said that Bora Đorđević in English is Bob Dylan, and Bob Dylan in Serbian is Bora Čorba,” Bećković pointed out.

He added that it is up to everyone to decide whether this name is lost in translation or in the original, that is, who is better than these two.

“As far as we are concerned, we decided together with the jury,” said Bećković, congratulating the laureates, and especially Bora Đorđević, given that the award was presented on St. Sava Day, the first Serbian writer and educator.

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