Milovan Glisic

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Glišić, Milovan


Born Jan. 6, 1847, in the village of Gradac, western Serbia; died Jan. 20, 1908, in Dubrovnik. Serbian writer.

Born into a peasant family, Glišić participated in the revolutionary-democratic movement. He was one of the pioneers of critical realism in Serbian literature. He wrote satirical pamphlets and feuilletons, and in his stories and novellas of the 1870’s (for example, “Sugarloaf” and “Roga,” 1875; and “One Good Turn Deserves Another” and “The Musician,” 1879), based on peasant life and often built upon popular legends, he accurately depicted the life of the poor, exposing thereby the kulaks, the usurers, and the insincere love of the liberals for the people. The pungency of his social criticism is muted in his later works. Glišić translated the works of N. V. Gogol, I. A. Goncharov, A.N. Os-trovskii, and L. N. Tolstoy.


Izabrana delà. Belgrade, 1958.


Gligorić, V. “Milovan Glišić.” In Srpski realisti, 2nd ed. Belgrade, 1956.
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