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Vladan Desnica (Serbian Cyrillic: Владан Десница; 17 September 1905 – 4 March 1967) was a Yugoslav writer and translator of Serbian origin.[1]

Vladan Desnica
Born(1905-09-17)17 September 1905
Zadar, Austria-Hungary (modern-day Croatia)
Died4 March 1967(1967-03-04) (aged 61)
Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia
OccupationNovelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, translator
SubjectDalmatian people, Serbs of Croatia


He was born in Zadar, Austria-Hungary to Uroš Desnica (von Desnica), a politician from noble Serbian Orthodox family from Obrovac and Islam Grčki, descendant of Stojan Janković,[2] and his mother Fani Desnica was from Catholic family Luković from Prčanj near Kotor in what is today Montenegro.[3]

He wrote poems, short stories, science fiction, and novels, usually dealing with the life in cities and villages of Northern Dalmatia. His best work is novel Proljeća Ivana Galeba (Springs of Ivan Galeb), published in 1957, in which he gives a first-person account of an intellectual lying in a hospital bed and meditating about illness and mortality. He died in Zagreb.

Like many writers who used to work in Yugoslavia, he is claimed both by Croatian and Serbian literature.

His talents were also used for the medium of film. In 1954 he wrote the script for Koncert, one of the most important titles in the history of Yugoslav cinema.

Vladan Desnica is buried in Serbian Orthodox Church of Saint George, next to the castle of Stojan Janković in Islam Grčki. The church was destroyed by Croatian paramilitaries in operation Maslenica in January 1993[4] during which Desnica's gravestone was damaged.[5]

Selected worksEdit

  • Zimsko ljetovanje, 1950.
  • Olupine na suncu, 1953.
  • Tu, odmah pored nas, 1956.
  • Slijepac na žalu, 1956.
  • Proljeća Ivana Galeba, 1957.
  • Fratar sa zelenom bradom, 1969.
  • Efemernost filma, article, 1973.[6]
  • Progutane polemike, 2001.
  • Ljestve Jakovljeve
  • O pojmovima tipičnog i njihovoj neshodnosti na području estetike
  • Izabrana dela 1-4, Belgrade, 2000.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Štrbac, Savo. "Čiji je Vladan Desnica". Politika Online. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  2. ^ Baština dvora Jankovica, Istorijski muzej Srbije, Beograd 2006, p. 92.
  3. ^ According to family tradition Luković family came from Foča (today Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina), over montenegrin mountains to Prčanj (Montenegro) in the 17th century. Don Niko Luković, Prčanj, Kotor 1937, p. 217.
  4. ^ Годишњица страдања Срба у акцији "Масленица"
  5. ^ "ministarstvo kulture : Kula Jankovića". Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  6. ^ "Filmske sveske". Retrieved 2019-09-18.

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