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Miloš Crnjanski


Miloš Crnjanski (Milos Tsernianski) was born in Csongrád, Hungary in 1893. His father was a municipal notary. The family moved to Temesvár (now Timisoara in Romania), where he grew up in a Serbian environment, favouring Serbian nationalism. After high school, he studied in Rijeka and then Vienna. After the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, he was persecuted like other Serbs and then drafted into the army to fight the Russians. He was wounded in 1915, spending time in a hospital in Vienna. He was later sent back to the Italian front. He then studied art history and philosophy in Vienna and graduated from the University of Belgrade, where he had edited the student newspaper. He later worked as a teacher, a newspaper editor and an embassy press attaché in Berlin and then in the Yugoslav Embassy in Rome. He also worked as reporter in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. In World War II, he escaped to London, where he remained after the war, becoming a British citizen. He worked in Hatchards, the bookshop, while his wife sewed dolls dresses for Harrods. He returned to Belgrade in 1965, where he died in 1977.

He initially wrote poetry but later turned to prose fiction and drama, as well. He wrote about his disillusionment, the futility of war and the destruction of his country.

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The Explanation of Sumatra, 1920 (poem and article by Tsernianski)


1918 Maska : poetična komedija (drama)
1918 Lirika Itake (poetry)
1921 Dnevnik o Čarnojeviću (novel)
1924 Priče o muškom (stories)
1927 Naše plaže na Jadranu (travel)
1928 Pesme starog Japana (poetry)
1929 Seobe (Migrations) (novel)
1931 Knjiga o Nemačkoj (travel)
1954 Odabrani stihovi (poetry)
1958 Konak (drama)
1962 Druga knjiga Seoba (novel)a
1965Lament nad Beogradom (poetry)
1966 Treća knjiga Seoba (novel)
1970 Kap španske krvi (novel)
1971 Roman o Londonu (Novel of London) (novel)