Dobrica Ćosić Analysis

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Dobrica osi (CHOH-seech) is primarily a novelist, but he has also written a series of books and articles on sociopolitical themes, collected in the books Sedam dana u Budimpeti (1957; seven days in Budapest) and Akcija (1965; action). These books gave osi opportunities to express his views on various ideological, political, and cultural problems that have preoccupied him his entire adult life. They shed some light on his novels, but, for the most part, they reflect the other half of the author’s sphere of interest. Among the other significant books that osi has published in addition to his novels are Stvarno i mogue (1982; real and possible), Pievi zapisi (2000-2004, 4 volumes; writer’s notes), Kosovo (2004), and Prijatelji (2005; friends). These volumes collect osi’s articles and notes, offering a gold mine of details about the author’s thinking and experiences in his various activities, especially in his literary life.


(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Throughout his literary career, Dobrica osi has been interested in the forces that have molded, influenced, and decided the fate of his countrymen. In particular, he has attempted to shed light on the effects of the two world wars on his country. Having been primarily politically oriented all of is life, osi found it natural to turn to historical and social themes once he discovered his artistic urge. He was one of the first post-World War II novelists in Yugoslavia to broach sensitive subject matter, not so much to describe it as to find the real moving forces behind the actors and their actions in these tragic events. From World War II, in which he participated directly, he moved back to World War I and then to the period following World War II, searching for the links between them. By tracing the rise and fall of two families in almost all of his novels, he presents a powerful saga of the Serbian society passing from a primitive stage of the late nineteenth century into the modern era. A pronounced artistic prowess adds to his works a mark of excellence, making him one of the best contemporary Serbian writers.


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Ðjuki, Slavoljub. Lovljenje vetra: Politika ispovest Dobrice osia. Belgrade: Samizdat B92, 2001. Provides a thorough presentation of osi’s political views as reflected in his works and in his participation in the political life of Yugoslavia in the 1990’s.

Kadi, Ante. Contemporary Serbian Literature. The Hague: Mouton, 1964. Includes osi among the authors discussed.

Luki, Sveta. Contemporary Yugoslav Literature: A Sociopolitical Approach. Translated by Pola Triandis, edited by Gertrude Joch Robinson. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1972. Includes discussion of osi’s treatment of social matters from the political point of view.

Mihailovi, Vasa D. “Aspects of Nationalism in Dobrica osi’s Novel A Time of Death: Chauvinism or Sincere Patriotism.” World Literature Today 60, no. 3 (1986): 413-416. Suggests that what is sometimes criticized as chauvinism in osi’s magnum opus is in reality an expression of love for his country, with a healthy dose of criticism of its mistakes.

_______. “War in the Works of Dobrica osi.” Serbian Studies 3, nos. 1/2 (1984/1985): 27-34. Explains how osi’s views of war influence his works, all of which are concerned with war, directly or indirectly.

Miller, Nick. The Nonconformists: Culture, Politics, and Nationalism in a Serbian Intellectual Circle, 1944-1991. New York: Central European University Press, 2007. Discusses Serbia’s national movement by examining the works of three Serbian intellectuals—osi, painter Mia Popovi, and literary critic Borislav Mihajlovi Mihiz.

Milojkovi-Djuri, Jelena. “Approaches to National Identities: osi’s and Pirjeve’s Debate on Ideological and Literary Issues.” East European Quarterly 30, no. 1 (March 22, 1996): 63-73. Focuses on a public discussion carried out from 1961 onward by writers osi and Duan Pirjeve regarding the role of cultural collaboration among Yugoslavia’s republics.