Other Literary Forms
Although Jovan Dučić was preoccupied with poetry, he wrote in several other genres. His travelogues, Gradovi i himere (1932; cities and chimeras), contain his impressions gathered during journeys to Switzerland, France, Italy, Greece, Egypt, and other countries. More testimonies to his erudition than reports of his actual experiences, they deal with the history and cultural background of those places rather than with the present. Gradovi i himere is the best book of its kind in Serbian literature. A number of historical-cultural essays are collected in the book Blago Cara Radovana (1932; the treasure of Czar Radovan). They offer Dučić’s views on happiness, love, women, friendship, youth, old age, poets, heroes, and prophets. Dučić also wrote numerous articles on Yugoslav writers, his predecessors as well as his contemporaries, in which he presented not only opinions on these writers but also glimpses of his own literary views and accomplishments. Toward the end of his life he wrote a book about a Serb who went to Russia and became an influential figure at the court of Peter the Great, Grof Sava Vladislavič (1942; Count Sava Vladislavič). It is an ambitious pseudohistorical study that reads more like a novel than history. Dučić also wrote numerous essays and articles about cultural, national, social, and political issues of the day.