80 years since the birth and 5 years since the death of Mirko Kovač, a well-known Montenegrin and South Slavic writer, was marked by the occasional speech of prof. Dr. Sonja Tomović Šundić last night at the National Library of Montenegro “Đurđe Crnojević” in Cetinje.
Mirko Kovač was born on December 26, 1938 in Petrovići. He is the author of multiple novels, collections of short stories, essays, TV dramas and film scenarios. He published the first book of prose “Gubilište” in 1962 and after two years a novel “Moja sestra Elida”. In 1971 he published a short novel “Životopis Malvine Trifković” which was translated into English, French, Italian, Dutch, Hungarian and Swedish.
He was awarded the Andrić Prize for the story “Slike iz porodičnog albuma Meštrevića” while for the collection of short stories “Nebeski zaručnici” he was awarded by the BIGZ publisher. The book of essays “Evropska trulež” was awarded the NIN’s award “Dimitrije Tucović”.
He also received the international award “Tuholski” of the Swedish PEN Center for 1993, and the Heder’s Prize for Literature in 1995.
He died in Rovinj in 2013.