Presentation of Vladimir Pištalo's novel “The Sun of This Day: a letter to Ivo Andrić”. This book is his latest work, published in 2018th. Mr. Pištalo is one of the best Serbian contemporary writers. He is recipient of many literary awards, among them 2008 NIN Literary Award, for the novel “Tesla: A Portrait with Masks”.
Ivo Andric (1892 – 1975) was a Yugoslav novelist, poet and short story writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1961. Pištalo's conversation with Ivo Andric is a conversation with the tradition. It shows us a different Andric, more emotional, more playful, more passionate. It is also a dialogue between two moments in history: the decolonization that marked Andric's era, and neocolonialism.
Prominent Serbian writer, playwright, and theatre director Vida Ognjenovic discussed her viewpoints on literature, science, and the impact of modern technology, marketing and the internet.
"We live a period of global fixation on military power and tyranny of entertainment. Ours is the time that someone defined as Post-humanism, in which erudition and interpretation have been replaced by information and keywords. Are we ready to keep silent and gradually become post-humanists? No, I do not think so. Even one reader is a reader. For him and about him I write and read. Maybe you are that reader, maybe you are, maybe she is, maybe he is. The unknown soldier of the war for the book; in slang he is called a bookworm."
Milena Trobozic Garfield is a film and theater producer and literary translator. In her spare time, between film and theater productions in Europe, she has been writing columns for the Serbian press describing her life in America. Her columns were recently published in a book titled “This American wife” or “A little advice for a better life”. Her wry observations describe everyday America as viewed by an outsider, touching upon feminism, romance, public solitude, shopping as entertainment as well as art, culture and media.
Numerous paragraphs in this useful book are devoted to the issues of everyday practice – they mainly deal with the changes brought by the digital revolution. All this takes place on route from Belgrade to Washington, as we discover what has disappeared with the new technological knowledge, and what will always live on, and how will it adjust its identity to the altered reality.
Milanka Berberović, professor emeritus at the University of Arts in Belgrade, presented her book "The Art of Theatrical Costume".
Mirjana Bobić Mojsilović, writer and painter, presented her new book "You Promised Me".
Presentation of the novel "The Great War" by Aleksandar Gatalica, а recipient of the 2012 NIN Award and 2012 Mesa Selimovic Award for novel of the year. "The Great War" has been translated to 12 languages already, and now is also available in English.
The Great War' is a novel that comprehensively and passionately narrates a number of stories covering the duration of World War One, starting with the year 1914 - the year that truly marked the beginning of the twentieth century. Following the destinies of over seventy characters, on all warring sides, Gatalica depicts the experiences of winners and losers, generals and opera singers, soldiers and spies; managing to grasp the atmosphere of the entire epoch, not only of these crucial four and a half bloody years, but also in the innocent decades that preceded the war, and the poisoned ones that followed.
Vesna Petković presented her book "Serbian Medieval Cultural Heritage".This book builds upon a groundbreaking exhibition on Serbian Medieval Cultural Heritage which became the first Serbian exhibition to be featured at the House of Commons of the British Parliament (Palace of Westminster, London, UK).
Serbia’s precarious position as the crossroad between the East and West fated it to forever tangle in desperate struggles with greater powers following the fall of the Roman Empire. Yet Serbia emerged prosperous in a time of darkness, illuminated by the sudden development of original art and architecture, inspired by its embrace of Christian values and creation of a new religion. Serbia’s leaders chose to nurture the cultural development of law, language, writing and literature, making this possible by winning independence and freedom from Byzantium and later from Ottoman tyranny.