PROMOTION OF THE BOOK “WRITERS AND POLITICS IN SERBIAN CULTURE 1804-2014”

10. July 2017.

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At the Andrić Institute was held promotion of the book “Writers and Politics in Serbian Culture 1804-2014” by prof. Dr. Zoran Avramović. At the promotion talked, besides the author, prof. Dr. Miloš Ković and Želidrag Nikčević, editor of the book, who in the opening speech announced the book as a book that “floats on the border of literature, politics and science”.

The topic of the book is the relationship between writers and politics in Serbian culture over the last two centuries. Special attention was paid to the theoretical consideration of the relations between politics and the public activity of the writer, the experiential information on writers who were politically active, the relation of Serbian writers towards the politics of Republic of Serbia during the last two decades of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century and the cultural and social consequences of writers “interfering” in the political life of Serbian society.

Prof. Dr Miloš Ković stressed that this book examines the role of literature in politics and the needs of writers, such as Dositej, Vuk and Njegoš, to take part in political life, all in order to preserve the Serbian identity. The role of intellectuals in the 19th century was to change the management elite, which is the real effect of Serbian writers in Serbian politics.

“This book is an attempt to identify Serbian intelligence over the past two centuries, at a time when statehood is restored and when public life is included in politics as well. In the 19th century there was no other intelligence other than the writers. Almost all important writers were in public services and state authorities. Two key issues are covered by this book: what is the quality of intelligence and why Serbian literary intelligence is so passionate and so intensely mixed into political life” said prof. Dr. Zoran Avramović.

He concluded that it was necessary to investigate Serbian intelligence because it shaped the public, and Serbian intelligence was constituted by the literary intelligence, that was the subject of research of this book.

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