25 years since the death of one of the most famous Montenegrin writers, Mihailo Lalić was marked last night at the National Library “Đurđe Crnojević” in Cetinje.
Prof. Dr Tatjana Bečanović. spoke about the life and work of this prominent writer.
She pointed out that “for the Montenegrin literature of the 20th century Lalić is the same what Njegoš is for the nineteenth century’s literature. In the language present in his trilogy, which consists of the novels “Zlo proljeće”, “Lelejska gora” and “Hajka”, nobility and curse were combined as features of the Montenegrin chronotope.”
“Lalić was fascinated by the revolution phenomenon and dedicated his creative work to it, examined it critically, and for him, it was an unfailing source of inspiration. Although Lalić wrote about a historical revolution coincided with the Second World War, he managed to build a metaphysical phenomenon in his trilogy from it and display it masterly. Let’s also say that the semantic space of evil in the trilogy is enormous and it includes the key elements of the narrative structure – time, space, action and characters as the main bearers of events” – said Bečanović.
Mihailo Lalic was born in Trepča near Andrijevica on October 7, 1914. He is known for a series of novels describing events in Montenegro during the Second World War. He began his work with a book of poems “Stazama slobode” (1948), but he quickly “turned” to prose, which will become the exclusive form of his artistic perception of time, events and human destinies.
His works have been translated into many foreign languages, including Bulgarian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Lithuanian, Danish, German, English.
He was the first winner of the “Njegoš Award” in 1963 for the novel “Lelejska gora”. He received the NIN Award in 1973 for the novel “Ratna sreća”. In 1962 he received the “July 21” Award, the highest recognition of the municipality of Berane, in the year when the award was established.
His book “Svadba” was inspiration for the script for the movie of the same name. His novels “Lelejska gora” and “Hajka” were screened as well.
In addition to the aforementioned works, he also published short stories: “Izvidnica”, “Prvi snijeg”, “Na mjesečini”, “Posljednje brdo”, as well as novels: “Zlo proljeće”, “Raskid”, “Pramen tame”, “Ratna sreća”, “Zatočnici”, “Dokle gora zazeleni”, “Gledajući dolje na drumove”, “Odlučan čovjek”.
He died in Belgrade on December 30, 1992.