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Miodrag Bulatović

Miodrag Bulatović (Serbian Cyrillic: Миодраг Булатовић; 1930 in Okladi, Bijelo Polje, Zeta Banovina, Kingdom of Yugoslavia – 1991 in Igalo, Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia) was a Montenegrin Serb[1] novelist and playwright. "He was known for his fierce Serbian nationalism, which earned him the enmity of other ethnic groups in Yugoslavia, and he was an official of Serbia's Socialist Party."[2]




Bulatović began in 1956 with a book of short stories, Djavoli dolaze ("The Devils Are Coming", translated as Stop the Danube), for which he received the Serbian Writers Union Award. His novel The Red Rooster Flies Heavenwards, set in his homeland of northeastern Montenegro, was translated into more than twenty foreign languages. He then stopped publishing for a time, to protest against interference in his work.

His next novel, Hero on a Donkey, "A dark hot nightmare of a war novel...",[3] was first published abroad and only four years later (1967) in Yugoslavia.

In 1975, Bulatović won the NIN Award for novel of the year for People with Four Fingers, an insight into the émigré's life. The Fifth Finger was a sequel to that book. His last novel was Gullo Gullo, which brought together various themes from his previous books.[citation needed]


  • Stop the Danube (Djavoli dolaze, 1956)
  • The Wolf and the Bell (Vuk i zvono, 1958)
  • The Red Rooster Flies Heavenwards (Crveni petao leti prema nebu, 1959)
  • Godot has Arrived (Godo je došao, 1966)
  • Hero on a Donkey (Heroj na magarcu, 1967)
  • The War Was Better (Rat je bio bolji, 1968)
  • People with Four Fingers (Ljudi sa četiri prsta, 1975)
  • The Fifth Finger (Peti prst, 1977)
  • Gullo gullo (1981)
  • Death's Lover - a series of articles in Politika newspaper (Ljubavnik smrti, 1990)


  1. ^ Vikend: Neradni dani Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Miodrag Bulatovic; Novelist, 68 (Obituaries)". The New York Times (Reuters). The New York Times Company. 19 March 1991. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "A Hero On A Donkey". Kirkus Media LLC. Retrieved 1 May 2015.  External link in |website= (help)