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140 YEARS SINCE THE DEATH OF STEFAN MITROV LJUBIŠA AT NLM

The National Library of Montenegro “Đurđe Crnojević” marked 140 years since the death of the famous Montenegrin writer Stefan Mitrov Ljubiša by an exhibition of books and articles created by the library consultant Milenija Vračar and an address of the academician prof. Dr. Nenad Vuković.

Speaking of Ljubiša, academician Vuković explained that the prominent writer through his works inspire us to deal with the layered lexicon through which he depicts the life.

“When we read his works, impressions stay for a long time, they follow us like an echo, a sound image of a language, adapted foreign words and domestic Slavic. There are three important things in Ljubiša’s narration: legend, history and alive creativity. His hero is always there where he is needed, to confront the great power, the oppression. A tiny and weakly hero, but powerful as uranium particle”, said Vuković.

According to academician Vuković, Ljubiša oddly drags us from various angles into a tangled yarn of thought, and we, while reading his works, quickly start to feel that we enjoy.

“On the basis of folk experience, life, mentality and language, Ljubiša has built original lexical and narrative facilities, hence his contribution to the Montenegrin cultural heritage is immeasurable, with the aim of preserving and enriching the cultural heritage of Montenegro”, concluded Vuković.

Stefan Mitrov Ljubiša was born in Budva on February 29, 1824. Childhood, as well as the largest part of his life he spent in Budva, where, as in the entire Primorski region, at that time there was no any primary school in the native language, so he had to start his primary and only education in a private small school in Italian. Later, he has gained a self-taught knowledge and became an intellectual.

He wrote all his stories in the last 10 years of his life, although, to a lesser extent, he has practiced literary work even before. His ethnographic note about Paštrovići was published in 1845, and he expressed a great interest in folk tradition in it, while in 1851 he wrote an obituary of Njegoš and decasyllabic poem “Boj na Visu”.

However, Ljubiša gained his reputation as a writer mostly thanks to his short stories. The first independent work was “Šćepan Mali”, after that “Prodaja patrijare Brkića”, “Kanjoš Macedonović”, “Skočidjevojka”, “Pop Andrović, novi Obilić”, “Krađa i prekrađa zvona”, “Gorde” etc.

He died in Vienna on November 23, 1878.