The National Library of Montenegro “Đurđe Crnojević” marked 110 years since the birth of the academician Jevto Milović with the exhibition “Jevto Milović and the Materials on Montenegro in European Archives”.
Jevto Milović wrote a large number of debates, studies and articles in Montenegrin and German. He was particularly concerned with the study of Petar II Petrović Njegoš, and that was, as pointed out by Prof. Dr. Živko Đurković, the most important topic of his research.
Đurković knew Milović and, in order to impress the Cetinje audience with the passion he felt about Njegoš’s creativity, he recalled one of their conversations:
“I remember when Čedo Vuković and Jevto Milović talked about Njegoš, Jevto then said: “It’s a passion I cannot do without. I only feel that this is not the passion of a hunter. It’s deeper. On Njegoš’s verse, on any detail found out about his life, everything in me twitches and vibrates. And how would I call it? Am I actually responding to Njegoš through my whole being?”
Librarian consultant of the National Library “Đurđe Crnojević” and the co-author of this exhibition, Milenija Vračar, believes that we should be grateful to Milović because he has found and collected documents on the history of Montenegro, which have been disappearing from our country since the time of Petar I.
New research methodologies are emerging and, as Đurković said, they will bring some new knowledge about both Jevto and Montenegro and about Petrović dynasty, especially Njegoš.
Ms. Vračar agreed and pointed out that researchers should continue Milović’s work, asking for electronic and contemporary editions of books that speak about the history of Montenegro and which are kept in the territory of the former Yugoslavia, Austria and Germany.
The exhibition was prepared by the librarian consultant Mileni Vračar and senior librarian Zorica Sjekloća and it will decorate the library hall until October 27.