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Jelena Puzović, Ph.D., Head of the JVP Srbijavode Public Relations and International Cooperation Sector

Serbia Must Ensure the Conservation of the Precious Resource That is Water

Public Water Management Company Srbijavode engages in numerous activities aimed at overcoming the challenges brought by climate change – implementing projects to develop and...

Uroš Đorđević, Account Executive, Dell Technologies

Pioneer in the New Era of Digital Tech

Dell Technologies is a corporation that’s oriented towards technological innovation and keeps pace with technological trends in every sense, which includes AI Speaking in this...

Ana Toskić Cvetinović, Executive Director, Partners for Democratic Change Serbia

The Rule of Law is Vital Ana

Partners Serbia is an organisation that’s dedicated to advancing the rule of law and developing civil society and institutions in Serbia and around the...

Ioanna Batsialou Ph.D., Director and Owner of the Ioanna Regen Polyclinic

Passion is Key to this Job

Ioanna Batsialou Ph.D. is the director and owner of the Ioanna Regen Polyclinic, which specialises in physical medicine, rehabilitation, mesotherapy, aesthetics and anti-aging treatments Our...

Maja Marić, Country Manager Operations, CPI Property Group

Retail Parks Remain Fashionable

A key part of the company culture at CPI Property Group Serbia, which forms part of a family firm that was founded in the...

Branko Kukić, Editor Of The Official Gazette

Literary Bazaars

Publishing books is a process that’s connected to knowledge, to creation, to goals that are important for the formation of any society. And that doesn’t happen in crowds, like at fairs, but rather in agreements and cooperation between serious people, people who understand the essence of the world

Man likes to be in a crowd. Fairs are the best places to satisfy that primal desire. Book fairs are both fairs and supermarkets, the purpose of which is to turn a quick profit, but also to sell poor quality goods. As with any fair – like the one in Šabac for example – it is an opportunity for people to meet, to brag, to swindle one another, to whinge about the situation in the state and society, to gossip about other people and dissenting voices, to drink something and to kill time. It’s a nonsensical, glittering place of instantly forgettable miracles. That’s why I don’t like those places.

I’ve given book fairs a wide berth, because they don’t have any special connection with culture. Due to the things that I’ve stated, they’re usually a form of false culture or nonculture. They are a meeting place for a crowd gathered from impaling stakes and nooses. One who is seeking something serious won’t find it there – except, of course, some serious and significant books. That’s simply because publishing books is a process that’s connected to knowledge, to creation, to goals that are important for the formation of any society. And that doesn’t happen in crowds, but rather in agreements and cooperation between serious people, people who understand the essence of the world, people who speak critically about our problems, weaknesses, failures, misconceptions, flaws and foolishness. Miroslav Krleža put it nicely: “It’s stinky in a crowd, but it’s warm”.

There are ever more editors lacking vision and aesthetic discipline. That’s why there are ever fewer good writers, because there are fewer great role models, and because of all that there are ever fewer sophisticated readers of literature

Serious creators and publishers should use their books – artistic, scientific and all other kinds – to navigate the world in the direction of the most significant thing man is able to create. That’s because books are instruments that prevent us from becoming slaves to stupidity and superficiality, though books contain most of that. If important topics are turned into “light pieces” in a nation, state and society, then the meaning of everything is lost, impotence in establishing a value system prevails, we are left unaware of who our role models are, our foundations and guides towards meaning, elegance and bravery.

A large quantity of books are published in our country today. But a question arises as to the quality of those books. The quality of published books is dependent on the level of education and creativity of editors in publishing houses. This is the number one problem and issue in publishing. There are ever more editors lacking vision and aesthetic discipline. That’s why there are ever fewer good writers, because there are fewer great role models, and because of all that there are ever fewer sophisticated readers of literature. This sequence and progression is considered ever less today, because a high-quality reader creates a new high-quality reader. That’s the only route to enduring values. Culture is the golden chain of meaning that connects us, and not the chains that restrain us. This is discussed ever less in our country and around the world today, because the book has become a consumable product and not a spirit over the waters of a transitory world. A time will come when the greatest works of literature are longer read. And man’s taste will thus be corrupted, criteria will decay, and the world will be in the hands of insignificance and banality. And then man, as a former creative being, will lose the meaning of his existence. Those will be “hollow people” who trapse around the bazaars and fairs of a foreign world.

Slađana Prica, retired ambassador, member of the Forum for International Relations and honorary president of the UNA of Serbia

Diplomatic Response Overdue

The issue of the so-called ‘self-proclaimed’ Kosovo joining Europe’s oldest political organisation has long been an open question. Attempts have been made and lobbying...

Slobodan G. Markovich, Institute for European Studies and Faculty of Political Science

U.S. Elections More Critical for EU Future than EP Elections

While the EU’s right-wing parties are expected to make gains, these gains shouldn’t be expected to substantially alter the composition of the Parliament or...

Ivana Radić Milosavljević, Assistant Professor in European Studies at the University of Belgrade - Faculty of Political Sciences

Not all Right-Wing Parties are Likeminded

The outcome of the European Parliament election is unlikely to cause a dramatic shift in EU policy, particularly foreign policy, but it could hamper...

Rajko Petrović, Research Associate at the Institute of European Studies

The EU Idea is Stronger than the Outcome of Less Important Elections

The electorate’s shift to the right won’t change the nature and essence of the idea of the European Union, and thus neither will it...

Montenegro’s Independence Day Celebrated

Celebrating Montenegro's Independence Day with an Exhibition on Montenegrin Cyrillic Printing from the 15th and 16th Centuries. In commemoration of...

Zoran Andjelković Ascends to Directorship of Serbian Post

Zoran Andjelković has been appointed as the new acting director of Pošta Srbije (Serbian Post), as announced in the...

Business Event Hosts Serbian Employment Service Presentation

In Belgrade on the 15th of May, the Slovenian Business Club, in collaboration with the National Employment Service of...

Golubac Marks Milestone with Inauguration of Eastern Serbia’s First Wind Farm

In a significant development for Serbia's renewable energy sector, Golubac celebrated the grand opening of the "Krivača" wind farm,...

Conference “Thinking Green & Living Clean” Held

On Wednesday, 15 May, the "Thinking Green & Living Clean" conference took place at the Sava Center, marking the...

Montenegro’s Independence Day Celebrated

Celebrating Montenegro's Independence Day with an Exhibition on Montenegrin Cyrillic Printing from the 15th and 16th Centuries. In commemoration of...

Business Event Hosts Serbian Employment Service Presentation

In Belgrade on the 15th of May, the Slovenian Business Club, in collaboration with the National Employment Service of...

Launch of the Council of European Business Associations and Chambers in Serbia

European business associations and bilateral chambers have established the Council of European Business Associations and Chambers in Serbia (CEBAC),...

EU Commissioner Várhelyi Visits Serbia to Discuss Deepening Integration and Regional Stability Efforts

In a pivotal meeting in Belgrade, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Olivér...

Ukraine’s First Lady Visits Serbia in Historic Diplomatic Move

Ukraine's First Lady, Olena Zelenska, arrived in Belgrade on Sunday, marking a historic visit as the first top Ukrainian...

Montenegro’s Independence Day Celebrated

Celebrating Montenegro's Independence Day with an Exhibition on Montenegrin Cyrillic Printing from the 15th and 16th Centuries. In commemoration of...

Business Event Hosts Serbian Employment Service Presentation

In Belgrade on the 15th of May, the Slovenian Business Club, in collaboration with the National Employment Service of...

Launch of the Council of European Business Associations and Chambers in Serbia

European business associations and bilateral chambers have established the Council of European Business Associations and Chambers in Serbia (CEBAC),...

EU Commissioner Várhelyi Visits Serbia to Discuss Deepening Integration and Regional Stability Efforts

In a pivotal meeting in Belgrade, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Olivér...

Ukraine’s First Lady Visits Serbia in Historic Diplomatic Move

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