Montenegrins. 8 + 11 + 1 + 9
The modern literature of Montenegro is almost unknown to Russian readers. There have been just a few random publications for all the years of independence of Montenegro and an almost complete lack of «creative connections». And in the meantime, Montenegro is not an unknown country to Russia. There is a centuries-old, sometimes even hot friendship and in our time tens of thousands of «our people» from different republics of the former USSR, living in Montenegro permanently or seasonally. They have business here, take their children to school, buy apartments and think about residence permits. It may be interesting for them to know something about the people they live among, to be aware of not only changing laws, but also of something more. Although books on the history and geography of Montenegro appear in Russian sometimes, albeit rarely, the information about literature is equal to zero.
Dukley European Art Community cultural center released a book of stories, short novels and poems by modern Montenegrin writers. This is not an anthology, providing comprehensive coverage of trends and schools. To make a true anthology, deeper penetration into the local context, a few years of studying the situation are needed. There is hope that this great work is still ahead, and meanwhile we entrusted the choice to the writers.
For the sake of panorama, first, we asked various people having a high status in the local cultural field to be compiling editors (Vladimir Dzhurishich is responsible for the choice of poetry in this collection, Ognen Spakhich is responsible for the prose, the drama has been offered by Liliana Chukovich), secondly, we asked them to cover as wide range as possible. In addition, it has been decided to include a series of interviews with the leaders of Montenegrin culture of the diverse profile into the book: this greatly widens the horizon and allows us to understand what issues Montenegrin culture is concerned about in general. Thus, 8 in the title of our collection is the number of writers represented in it, 11 is the number of poets, 1 hides a playwright, and 9 is the number of interviewees. The overall picture has come out quite kaleidoscopic. The pictures by Milka Delibashich, one of the most promising young artists of the country, are like «a cherry on the cake».
The reasoning of Paul Garanovich, who became the Minister of culture of Montenegro while the collection was being prepared for publication, that different books have different smells. The ability to imagine yourself in the shoes of the priest who is pulled down into a truly hellish temptation by the circumstances in a story by Andrey Nikolaidis. Fine imitation of the «ethnics» by Vladimir Voinovich and of documentary prose by Sretan Asanovich.
Semantic and stylistic balancing of Alexander Bechanovich, discreet sarcasm of Balshi Brkovich. Accursed questions in the interview of Sinishi Yelushich – are there any boundaries to jokes on sacred topics? The energy of Aleksandra Vojvodich, Yelena Dzhurovich, Varya Dzhukich, the women holding key positions in the local cultural process. Fine erotic experiences by Elijah Dzhurovich and Stefan Boshkovich. The golden palaces and neon pools of Dragana Tripkovich… And there is much more is in the book «Montenegrins».