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Simon Taylor, HYCU, Inc. CEO

Providing Easy Ways To Protect Data

HYCU is a multinational company with offices around the world, but much of its European operation is located right here in Belgrade, an important...

Luštica Bay

Authentic Adriatic In Luštica Bay A Place To Belong

Authentic residences, The Chedi five-star hotel, beautiful beaches with a crystal blue sea, a unique gastronomic and shopping experience and an intense calendar of...

Vladimir Živanović, Director Of The Zlatibor Tourism Organisation

Foreigners Also Flock To Zlatibor

It is thanks to magical nature and the air spa status that Zlatibor has enjoyed for 129 years, coupled with major investments, excellent infrastructure...

Porto Montenegro

The Adventure Continues On The Adriatic

Summer is in full swing at Porto Montenegro, with yachts lining the marina, a range of new and well-loved shops and restaurants in the...

Bogdan Gavrilović, Sales Manager, World Transport Overseas (WTO)

Expanding Operations

World Transport Overseas (WTO), which is headquartered in Eastern Europe and has branches in Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Greece, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia, was...

Goran Skrobonja, Writer

The Seductive Joy Of Reading

I’ve always loved books, but I was relatively late in realising that I would deal seriously with literature

My father was a professor of literature, so a library occupied the central spot in our home, but my mother was the one to introduce me to the science fiction genre. I grew up reading the works of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, comics that won over the hearts and souls of the kids of the then Yugoslavia, the adventure novels of Karl May, short fantasy prose works that appeared in Zagreb-based magazine Sirius, the best fantasy works in the Andromeda almanacs and Biblioteka Kentaur [Centaur Library]. Still, it seems that the greatest turning point for me was the moment I realised I could read books in English, without the need for translation.

I was about 14 at the time, and an entirely new universe had opened up to me. I suddenly no longer had to wait for local publishers to release translations of books that interested me – in Belgrade back then, in the second half of the 1970s, several bookshops sold (very affordable) pocketsized paperback books in English and other languages and, of course, almost all of my pocket money went on Robert E. Howard’s books about Conan or Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels (or, more precisely, whatever pocket money was left after I’d purchased the latest long-play gramophone records or, as they’re called today, vinyl).

It was while studying law that I got acquainted with the exciting world of contemporary horror literature, first via the books of Stephen King, such as Night Shift or Christine, and then those of other bestselling horror writers, like James Herbert or Dan Simmons. Back then, I was already trying to write my own short prose works, although I was convinced that, upon finishing my studies, I’d start working at some law office and spend my entire working life practising criminal law. Then, sometime in 1987, the aforementioned Sirius magazine, which was as indispensable to my generation as the Alan Ford comic book or the famous Stripoteka comic magazine, agreed to publish my story Poklon s neba [Gift from the Heavens]. That was an exceptional honour for a twenty-five-year-old: the country’s highest authority in the domain of Sci-Fi publishing considered something that I’d written worth publishing! That was fantastic motivation and an incentive for me to continue writing.

I mostly address my own generation with the books I now write; the generation that recognises the influence of the youth and adventure literature that we all grew up with, but likewise also younger people, for whom the internet replaced the school and children’s libraries during that same formative period of growing up. The latest two-volume novel that I wrote together with Ivan Nešić, Firentinski dublet [The Florentine Doublet], was written precisely with that objective in mind – to return that seductive and irresistible joy of reading to readers.

In parallel with conceiving stories that could prove interesting and exciting to fans of the genre, I also began translating. I found my main motivation for that in a desire to share the literary works that delighted me with my nearest and dearest, who lacked sufficient knowledge of English to read the original versions. During the 1980s and early ‘90s, I played a very active role in Belgrade’s Lazar Komarčić Science Fiction Association and translated many works for its newsletter, the Emitor fanzine, and not only fictional works, but also articles and journalistic features from foreign magazines of the genre. At the end of 1987, I read Stephen King’s then-magnum opus, It, and wanted to translate that magnificent novel for a local publisher. I suggested to Boban Knežević that he publish it, but he wasn’t interested in such a voluminous work, so he concisely proposed something that would otherwise never have crossed my mind: that I publish that book myself! No sooner said than done: I acquired the rights (I still keep that contract, the last page of which has King’s signature right next to mine!), and following the translation work that lasted almost a year (the text covers almost 1,500 standard pages), It went on sale, in two volumes. And all of a sudden that translation, as they say, “put me on the map”.

I mostly address my own generation with the books I now write; the generation that recognises the influence of the youth and adventure literature that we all grew up with, but likewise also younger people, for whom the internet replaced the school and children’s libraries during that same formative period of growing up. The latest two-volume novel that I wrote together with Ivan Nešić, Firentinski dublet [The Florentine Doublet], was written precisely with that objective in mind – to return that seductive and irresistible joy of reading to readers. And judging by their reactions, we succeeded in that. And in a way we closed the circle, or, as today’s kids would say, “we turned the game around”. Thinking of that always brings a smile to my face.

Jelena Bojović, Director Of The Centre For The Fourth Industrial Revolution; NALED Programme Development Strategist

You’re A Lawyer? No, I’m A Molecular Biologist

When I enrolled at the Faculty of Biology in 1995, in the Molecular Biology and Physiology course, my dad, who was very concerned but...

Slavimir Stojanović, aka Futro, Designer, Illustrator, Visual Artist

Shoulders

Am I to die?What horror!Am I to die?What horror!And maybe I’m one that won’t.Horror. These verses by Ana Đurić Konstrakta, from her masterpiece Nobl, transport...

Iva Petrović, Director Of The Nordic Business Alliance In Serbia

Embracing Uncertainty, Facing Fear

As I embark on my new journey at the Nordic Business Alliance, I’m grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had in my life and...

Sofija Stefanovic, Professor Of Physical Anthropology, University Of Belgrade

Face-To-Face With Prehistoric Man

I recently succeeded, while managing the Prehistoric MetaHuman project, to realise one of my childhood dreams: to encounter a prehistoric man face to face....

South Korean Launches 1st Spacecraft To The Moon

South Korea has launched a lunar orbiter that will scout out future landing spots. The satellite launched by SpaceX is...

7th​ August: National Handloom Day

Handloom sector is a symbol of India’s rich and varied cultural heritage. Handloom is an important source of livelihood in...

Minister Of Foreign Affairs Of Serbia Attends Inuguration Of Colombia’s President

The swearing in of Gustavo Petro as Colombia's president was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of...

Serbia Government Debt 31.3 Billion Euros

At the end of June, Serbia government debt amounted to 31.3 billion euros, which is 53.2 percent of gross...

‘Zoe’ Becomes the World’s First Named Heat Wave

The heat wave that hit the southern part of Spain last week is the first in history to get...

South Korean Launches 1st Spacecraft To The Moon

South Korea has launched a lunar orbiter that will scout out future landing spots. The satellite launched by SpaceX is...

7th​ August: National Handloom Day

Handloom sector is a symbol of India’s rich and varied cultural heritage. Handloom is an important source of livelihood in...

Minister Of Foreign Affairs Of Serbia Attends Inuguration Of Colombia’s President

The swearing in of Gustavo Petro as Colombia's president was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of...

Serbia Government Debt 31.3 Billion Euros

At the end of June, Serbia government debt amounted to 31.3 billion euros, which is 53.2 percent of gross...

‘Zoe’ Becomes the World’s First Named Heat Wave

The heat wave that hit the southern part of Spain last week is the first in history to get...

South Korean Launches 1st Spacecraft To The Moon

South Korea has launched a lunar orbiter that will scout out future landing spots. The satellite launched by SpaceX is...

7th​ August: National Handloom Day

Handloom sector is a symbol of India’s rich and varied cultural heritage. Handloom is an important source of livelihood in...

Minister Of Foreign Affairs Of Serbia Attends Inuguration Of Colombia’s President

The swearing in of Gustavo Petro as Colombia's president was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of...

Serbia Government Debt 31.3 Billion Euros

At the end of June, Serbia government debt amounted to 31.3 billion euros, which is 53.2 percent of gross...

‘Zoe’ Becomes the World’s First Named Heat Wave

The heat wave that hit the southern part of Spain last week is the first in history to get...
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