Born Nov. 13, 1903, in Štitar; died Jan. 29, 1934, in Belgrade. Serbian writer.
Ćosić studied law, literary history, and art history in Belgrade, Lausanne, and Paris. He was the author of the well known collections Stories of Bošković (1924), The Egyptian Woman and Other Stories (1927), and Like the Waters That Flowed (1933). In his early short stories and in his early novels Sabbath (1925) and The Two Kingdoms (1928), Ćosić wrote in the tradition of Serbian realism while dealing with moral questions from the viewpoint of idealist ethics. In the early 1930’s, under the influence of the progressive literary movement called social literature, he adopted a sharply critical attitude toward bourgeois society. This attitude is evident in Ćosić’s novel The Mowed Field (1934; Russian translation, 1957), which is one of the best works of Serbian prose written in the period between the two world wars.
WORKSDeset pisaca—deset razgovora. Belgrade, 1931.
Kroz knjige i književnost. Belgrade, 1937.
REFERENCESGligorić, V. “B. Ćosić.” In his Ogledi i studije. Belgrade, 1965.
Finci, E. “Književni put B. Ćosića.” In Književnost izmeću dva rata, vol. 2. Belgrade, 1966.