The fellowship of the Fund “Borislav Pekic” was first granted in 1992, and it is the only literary award of that kind in Serbia. This year, it has been granted to Slobodan Bubnjevic from Pancevo and Berislav Blagojevic from Banjaluka.
After publishing the invitation, 38 applications arrived to the Fund, and according to the jury, the works of the two awarded candidates stood out for their maturity and integrity of the artistic vision, as well as for the systematic approach to presenting it. Bubnjevic was granted for the draft of the novel “Seventh people”, and Blagojevic for his draft of the novel “Quieter than water”.
The synopsis of Bubnjevic’s novel “Seventh people” indicates the prose work described as the genre of alternative history, and within it the path of the main character crosses the questions of the state of Yugoslavia possibly surviving. “The double biography of the main hero, who is both a renowned journalist and a member of the secret service, in charge of liquidating political enemies, enables the story to unfold on two lines – personal, tracking the destiny of Grigorije Vrana; and the social-historical, tracking one of the possible fates of Yugoslavia – as a modern, rich and strong community of Balkan peoples, in which there were no wars of 1990s”, the jury communicates.
Slobodan Bubnjevic was born in 1978 in Rijeka. He is a journalist and writer by profession, and physicist by education. He has already published the book “Perturbations and other troubles”, while his work “Fear of the draft” is in print. He has published stories in several literary magazines in the region, and some of his stories and dramas have won literary awards.
Blagojevic’s draft for the novel “Quieter than water” gravitates toward the destiny of an individual and his transformation over time. According to the jury, the book describes the process of main hero’s healing, after participating in the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and how his personal struggle to get better is colliding with all the absurdities and realities caused by war, moral degradation and illnesses of transition. The main character communicates with his environment through notes in his diary, dominated by the person of Daniil Kharms. His appearance represents both the sickness of the individual and the sickness of the world, for which therapies and cures are constantly sought.
Berislav Blagojevic was born in Slavonski Brod in 1979. He holds the master degree of geography and so far has published the following books: “Laments according to Sofronije”, “I should have been a word” and “Revolutionary”. His poetry and prose have been published in several literary magazines. Blagojevic’s prose works have been awarded in literary contests in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Spain.
The fellowship “Borislav Pekic” is named after one of our best writers. He was born in Podgorica, in 1930, and later also lived in Knin, Mrkonjic Grad, Cetinje, Bavaniste etc. He was a man to speak openly about the hypocrisy, petty people, vice, chaotic times and crazy people, pointing to historic mistakes of the Serbian people and calling for self-reflection. Pekic wrote the script for the film “Day 14th”, which represented Yugoslavia at the Cannes film festival in 1961. Since 1971, he lived and worked in London, and as of 1985 he was the corresponding member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Borislav Pekic died on July 2, 1992, in London.