Koš, Erih

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Koš, Erih


Born Apr. 15, 1913, in Sarajevo. Yugoslav writer. Member of the Yugoslav League of Communists.

Koš graduated from the law faculty of the University of Bel-grade. He participated in the Resistance Movement and was an officer and political worker in the National Liberation Army of Yugoslavia. Koš’s first collections of stories (In the Fire, 1947, and Wartime, 1952) are devoted to the struggle of the partisans against the fascists. The novels Typhus (1958) and Nets (1967) and the novella The Accident (1971), which are written in the traditions of the psychological realism of I. Andric, are imbued with a poetic dream of an idealized mankind. Satire occupies an important place in Koš’s works, which expose philistinism and defend high moral ideals—for example, A Tale About the Enormous Whale Called the Great Magus (1956); the novels Snow and Ice (1961), Names (1964), and Dos’e Khrabaka (1971); and the collection of stories A Motley Company (1969). His critical and publicistic works are gathered in The Accursed Craft (1965) and And Why Not? (1971).


In Russian translation:
“Velikii Mag” i rasskazy. Introduction by N. B. lakovleva. Moscow, 1963.