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Nemanja Bućinac, Head of Retail Leasing Department MPC Properties

Food Anchors Offer New Experiences Of Taste

What economic benefits does a shopping center gain from a tenant mix with a strong food anchor? In order to answer this question properly, we...

Medeja Lončar, CEO Of Siemens Serbia, Siemens Croatia And Siemens Slovenia

Creating Technology With Purpose

Siemens has been transforming the everyday for the better through innovation and technology for is 174 years. Now, during times that are shaped by...

Bogdan Gecić, Gecić Law’s Founding Partner

Gecić Law Named Top Legal Firm In 150 Million-strong See Market

Founded in 2015 and led by a team that combines dynamism and experience at the frontline of the international legal profession, Gecić Law is...

Danilo Pušonja, General Manager At Marera Property Management

FM Solutions Guarantee Savings

Marera Property Management is a company that has proven itself on the Serbian market through successful projects for the development of office, industrial and...

Alexios Gkegkios, General Manager, Globe Williams Serbia, MBA, MSC, Prince 2

Among The Top 50 Tfm Providers

Globe Williams International has 8,000 customers in 32 countries, 25,000 employees and an annual turnover of more than half a billion euros. In Serbia,...

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.

Ana Krešić, EBRD Acting Lead Economist, Western Balkans

Asking Questions Is The Answer

I enrolled to study economics and management thinking that I wanted to be a manager. But I realised very early on that I had...

Maša Vukčević Marković, Ph.D., Research Associate At The University Of Belgrade

Nothing Without Agreement With Oneself

An interest in both science and practice provided me with a perspective from which I could see that the field of mental health has...

Dubravka Dragović Šehović, Editor At Laguna

Editorial Challenges and Blessings

From the instant I mastered the skill of reading, books became a kind of obsession of mine. And the topics and contents that interested...

Neda Knežević, Director Of The Museum Of Yugoslavia

Museums Are Living Places Of Remembrance

Museums have always played an extremely important role in modern society, and that role is getting immense proportions under the new circumstances. Museums exist...

European Commission: Better Rules for Organic Producers

Obtaining a certificate for the production of organic food should be easier for small farmers from January 1st this...

Anti-Vaccine Activists March In D.C. – City That Mandates Coronavirus Vaccination – To Protest Mandates

Thousands of protesters from across the country — including some of the biggest names in the anti-vaccination movement — descended on...

Joint Statement From The Embassies Of The United States, The United Kingdom, And The Federal Republic Of Germany

We reject allegations that our countries are financing political or environmental protests in Serbia.  These claims do not reflect...

The Jadar Project And All Administrative Acts Related To Rio Tinto Have Been Abolished

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic announced tonight that the government at today's session revoked the decree and spatial plan of...

Schneider Electric Recognized In Corporate Knights’ Global 100 For The 11th Year In A Row

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has earned its place in the...

European Commission: Better Rules for Organic Producers

Obtaining a certificate for the production of organic food should be easier for small farmers from January 1st this...

Anti-Vaccine Activists March In D.C. – City That Mandates Coronavirus Vaccination – To Protest Mandates

Thousands of protesters from across the country — including some of the biggest names in the anti-vaccination movement — descended on...

Joint Statement From The Embassies Of The United States, The United Kingdom, And The Federal Republic Of Germany

We reject allegations that our countries are financing political or environmental protests in Serbia.  These claims do not reflect...

The Jadar Project And All Administrative Acts Related To Rio Tinto Have Been Abolished

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic announced tonight that the government at today's session revoked the decree and spatial plan of...

Schneider Electric Recognized In Corporate Knights’ Global 100 For The 11th Year In A Row

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has earned its place in the...

European Commission: Better Rules for Organic Producers

Obtaining a certificate for the production of organic food should be easier for small farmers from January 1st this...

Anti-Vaccine Activists March In D.C. – City That Mandates Coronavirus Vaccination – To Protest Mandates

Thousands of protesters from across the country — including some of the biggest names in the anti-vaccination movement — descended on...

Joint Statement From The Embassies Of The United States, The United Kingdom, And The Federal Republic Of Germany

We reject allegations that our countries are financing political or environmental protests in Serbia.  These claims do not reflect...

The Jadar Project And All Administrative Acts Related To Rio Tinto Have Been Abolished

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic announced tonight that the government at today's session revoked the decree and spatial plan of...

Schneider Electric Recognized In Corporate Knights’ Global 100 For The 11th Year In A Row

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has earned its place in the...
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